I think by now we all know Hollywood loves comics. Marvel, DC, whoever…they all seem to get the VIP treatment as movie theaters from New York to New Zealand seem to be inundated with big (huge) budget action-packed flicks based on Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Thor, and more. The Wolverine is coming to theaters this Friday an is almost guaranteed (I think) to bring in over $100M in it’s first US weekend alone! Forget about worldwide and all the massive marketing tie-ins all these movies get. It’s pretty nuts, but hey…it’s good, clean fun for the most part and I’m a huge fan. I see them all and love them all. I’m very pleased to see this be such a big part of entertainment today. My son LOVES his super heroes and why not? So do I!
Here are some quick facts, followed by an awesome infographic hitting on all the money wrapped into superhero movies and comic books:
We’re just halfway through 2013 and we’ve already witnessed the success of superhero blockbusters. Man of Steel, the latest take on the Superman franchise, grossed a whopping $116.6 million in the US on its opening weekend. Worldwide receipts, a month after its release, now stand at $635 million. These figures, however, trail the performance of Iron Man 3 by some margin. The Tony Stark franchise made $174.1 million on its opening weekend in the US. Globally, it has grossed $1.2 billion in 11 weeks! Iron Man 3 now ranks #5 in the all-time list for worldwide box office receipts.
The following infographic has it all — From the top-selling comic book in recent years, to a comparison of lone-wolf superheroes and superhero teams: