15 Box Office Records For Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice To Break

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4. Top 10 Grossing Comic Book Adaptations of All Time – Worldwide – Adjusted

Current Rankings

  1. Superman (1978) – $1,789,662,782

  2. The Avengers (2012) – $1,653,908,290
  3. The Dark Knight (2008) – $1,575,134,156
  4. Batman (1989) – $1,560,313,276
  5. Spider-Man (2002) – $1,474,691,001
  6. Spider-Man 2 (2004) – $1,241,245,691
  7. Spider-Man 3 (2007) – $1,234,679,620
  8. Iron Man 3 (2013) – $1,216,904,288
  9. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – $1,150,104,701
  10. Superman II (1980) – $1,149,892,600

When you bring in the opinion of the world and level the inflated playground, you get a whole different picture.  Superman (1978), when projected with today’s high-cost of living, still reigns supreme.  Again, this is just all speculation, and the intricacies of economics can’t be summed up by a static formula for calculation.  However, an interesting thing to note as that two Superman movies bookend this list: Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980).  Now that’s a pretty cool and amazing feat.

Will Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice muscle its way to the top of this list?  I think it has a good chance of, at least, breaking into the top ten.  People also have to remember that older movies stayed in the theaters longer.  Movie releases were less common in the 1970s and 1980s compared to today, of which film production has certainly been streamlined to the point that giant tent-pole films can be shot in as little as four months.  Compound that along with the limited choices in those decades and you have a reason as to why older comic book adaptations fared so well.

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