10 Superhero Movies That Made Studios Super Rich

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Fans of the superhero film genre will have a fair selection of costumed crime-fighters to pick from at movie theaters this year. Captain America: The Winter Soldier just stormed into theaters last Friday with an estimated $37 million box office total according to Box Office Mojo, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be swinging into theaters next month. The masked webslinger will be followed by X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on August 8.

While the super-powered characters, action-packed storylines, and impressive special effects of these films keep the fans coming back for more, the super-high box office grosses of these films is what ensures that the studios will keep bringing superheroes to the silver screen. With the plethora of superhero-themed cinema coming our way this year, we thought this would be the perfect time to take a look at some of the most successful films ever released in this genre. Here is a list of the top ten highest-grossing superhero movies according to total unadjusted domestic lifetime grosses.

10. Man of Steel (2013)

Our list kicks off with a film about what may be the most famous superhero character ever created. Zack Snyder directed this well-received reboot of the Superman film franchise that was released last summer. Man of Steel raked in a respectable $291 million domestic gross, including approximately $116 million over its opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. The film featured Henry Cavill in the title character role, while Amy Adams played Lois Lane, Superman’s Earth-born love interest.

Not only did Man of Steel make the top-ten list of highest-grossing superhero films, it also has the distinction of being the highest-grossing Superman film ever released. According to a recent report from Entertainment Weekly, Snyder is currently lining up actors for a mash-up sequel to Man of Steel that will also feature Ben Affleck as Batman. The so-called Superman/Batman film is scheduled to be ready by May 6, 2016.

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