Just because a character is a household name doesn’t mean it’s a box office draw. So while Superman is arguably the most famous superhero of all time, he’s not the highest grossing at the box office, as the “S” hasn’t stood for “$” since the early 1980s. Not counting inflation, the 10 “Superman” movies grossed $ 2.5 billion worldwide. All three “Iron Man” movies grossed $ 2.4 billion, not counting Tony Stark’s other Marvel appearances.
In 1978, “Superman: The Movie” made moviegoers believe that a man could steal and made a lot of money doing so, making $ 300 million worldwide, around $ 1.2 billion today. , which is very impressive for the Man of Steel. However, the franchise died a gruesome death with “Superman IV: The Quest For Peace” in 1989 ($ 36 million worldwide), and various reboots remained in developmental hell for the next decade and a half. .
Money spent on over a decade of future “Superman” movies that were never added to the “Superman” movie which was ultimately – “Superman Returns” from 2006. At $ 232 million, “Superman Returns” cost much more than other superhero origin stories at the time, like “Spider-Man” ($ 139 million) and “Batman Begins” ($ 150 million). However, it was technically a vague sequel to Christopher Reeve’s first two films, something that was never specified in marketing, creating confusion and apathy. Considering all of this, âSuperman Returnsâ earning $ 391 million worldwide wasn’t that bad. With “Spider-Man” or “Batman Begins” budgets, that would have made money.