SUMMER BOX OFFICE RECAP: Comic Book Movies Rule The World

SUMMER BOX OFFICE RECAP: Comic Book Movies Rule The World

As the fall movie season kicks off, it's time to look back at the summer box office, which was absolutely extraordinary for comic book movies. We saw the ending of MCU: Phase One, a new beginning, and an ending of a great trilogy.

The box office this summer wasn't exactly amazing as many were hoping it to be. Despite some huge hits, a lot of films ended up with disappointing numbers. There is a good news for us who love comic books and comic book movies though. Three big CBMs opened this summer, and all three managed to make a lot of money. More below.

May 4th, 2012. That was the US release date of the biggest movie of this year (so far) and the third highest-grossing movie of all-time. Of course, I'm talking about The Avengers, a Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios' superhero spectacle with great characters that we have been following in their own films since 2008. The Avengers opened with staggering $207 million in its opening weekend, setting a new record. The film didn't overperform just in North America. It was a monster at the international box office too, grossing $891 million to date, for a worlwide total of $1.51 billion. A truly incredible number, so congrats to Marvel Studios and everyone involved in making these films for sticking to their formula until the very end. It's not THE END of these films though. Phase One of Marvel Cinematic Universe has been completed, so it's time for Phase Two, where we will see Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2.

Next up, it's The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb. This is a film that didn't have a lot of support (mostly because everyone thought it was too soon for a reboot, even though it's really not), but despite all that, the film was a big hit for the studio. While it's the lowest-grossing Spider-Man film, it's also the highest-grossing reboot ever. Reboots are always risky, sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't. In North America, The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $261 million, which is a solid number. Internationally, it did a little bit better with $487 million, for a global total of $748 million. The sequel is already set for May 2nd, 2014.

And finally, an ending of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy: The Dark Knight Rises. A highly anticipated film that was the only big box office contender for breaking The Avengers' record. While it didn't exactly match the opening weekend of the Joss Whedon-directed film, The Dark knight Rises opened with a big $160 million, and went on to gross $443 million in North America. International market was even bigger, where it collected $623 million, for a worldwide total of $1.06 billion. The trilogy is now completed, and we'll see when will Warner Bros. reboot the character in a new way.

Thanks to Exhibitor Relations, we have these numbers that show the biggest films of the summer, and it's great seeing all three comic book movies in the top five (domestic, international and worldwide):

I'll end this by saying that I'm just glad that I had the opportunity to watch all these films on the big screen, because their success is not only great for sequels and reboots, but for all the other comic book properties that fans are waiting to see. Bring on 2013!

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Minato - 9/25/2012, 11:47 AM
I guess Avengers won
Jollem - 9/25/2012, 11:49 AM
comic book movie goodness
Tainted87 - 9/25/2012, 11:50 AM
Technically, Dredd was a summer movie by a hair...
Zordan - 9/25/2012, 11:51 AM
GoILL - 9/25/2012, 11:58 AM
Good summer for cbm's, good thing I was able to enjoy them all.
Supes17 - 9/25/2012, 11:58 AM
TDKR is at $1.66 Billion right now
#7 highest of all time list. Not bad, not bad
GodzillaKart - 9/25/2012, 12:01 PM
@Supes17: 166 Billion? What are you talking about?
jimpinto24 - 9/25/2012, 12:04 PM
I enjoyed all the comic book movies. But The Avengers was my favorite.
KobraKai - 9/25/2012, 12:06 PM
@Squish, The Ice Age franchise has always been a monster overseas. The last one made over $690m. Plus it's in 3D.
Maximus101 - 9/25/2012, 12:10 PM
Cbm rule nowadays, incredible summer and congrats to all! Everyone has their preference, mine was TDKR!
superotherside - 9/25/2012, 12:14 PM
Wow, next summer will be mind blowing.
GoILL - 9/25/2012, 12:26 PM

I'm totally with you man.
GoILL - 9/25/2012, 12:27 PM

my condolences about your dad man.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/25/2012, 12:27 PM
This is the first Marvel movie to reach a billion so I will give it to em.
Jollem - 9/25/2012, 12:29 PM
this summer made me feel like this...

Tevii - 9/25/2012, 12:31 PM
Im a DC guy and Avengers was EASILY the best CBM all year.
Quite frankly I dont see how anyone could consider TDKR the best. Too many flaws, plot holes and its nothing like the Batman character. He didnt prevail over ANY of the bad guys. Bane got beat by Catwoman, Talia got beat in an accident, the bomb actually detonated (the bomb with a ridiculous 5 month timer) The Worlds Greatest Detective didnt figure out who Talia was until she said who she was. All the cops locked in the sewers conveniently brought their shaving kits, Wayne magically re-appears in Gotham... It was not good at all.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/25/2012, 12:34 PM
TDKR was the best imo though. But if I was a marvel fan, I would say Avengers was.
RustyShackelford - 9/25/2012, 12:36 PM
I'm very happy that The Avengers and Tdkr did so well makes me proud to be a nerd :)
blueorangeny - 9/25/2012, 12:39 PM
@ Tevi - Damn how unfortunate you never got into the movie business. Damn, smh. If only you have then perhaps you would have been able to bring us a better movie lmao.

Look we all have opinions and you're welcome to share but at the same time I am welcome to share what I thought yours lol. Fair enough then.
Zordan - 9/25/2012, 12:55 PM
I like this comment ^
marvel72 - 9/25/2012, 12:57 PM
the avengers was the best comic book movie of 2012 & i believe is the best comic book movie ever!

the dark knight rises was good but boring in places as well,it could of been alot better than it was especially when you compare it to the previous two.

the amazing spider-man good in places but again abit of a letdown,not as good as spider-man or spider-man 2.

i don't think we'll see another billion dollar comic book movie until the avengers 2.
Supes17 - 9/25/2012, 1:01 PM
Oops, didn't see that. Sorry my bad:P
Supes17 - 9/25/2012, 1:02 PM
@marvel72: Agreed. The last one was TDK back in '08.
The Avengers is the only one I'm seeing that can beat the first one
Supes17 - 9/25/2012, 1:04 PM
Cant wait till next year?
Any predictions
Box Office
1. Iron Man 3 or MOS
2.Iron Man 3 or MOS
3.Thor 2
RSDhillon - 9/25/2012, 1:06 PM
Here's hoping Man of Steel is SUPER!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/25/2012, 1:13 PM
After all the hype from Avengers, it might be possible that Iron Man 3 will reach a billion? Or very close too it.
marvel72 - 9/25/2012, 1:14 PM
@ Supes17

intresting,man of iron vs a man of steel in 2013

i think it'll turnout like this maybe.

1st iron man 3
2nd thor 2 or man of steel
3rd thor 2 or man of steel
4th wolverine

i'm probably wrong with my prediction like my 2012 predictions.

1st the amazing spider-man $1,000,000,000
2nd the avengers $850,000,000
3rd the dark knight rises $850,000,000
Coldblood6 - 9/25/2012, 1:17 PM
THE AVENGERS ruled the world and catapulted THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK WIDOW, and HAWKEYE into A level status alongside IRON MAN, HULK, SPIDERMAN, Batman, and Superman.

MCU Phase I was fantastic and THE AVENGERS finished that showing the world what real superhero movies were all about.

Let's look forward to the MCU Phase II continuing in that grand tradition!
marvel72 - 9/25/2012, 1:19 PM

you might be right,i'm crap at predictions.

i was going on iron man 2 gross which was $623,933,331,i could see it doing $800,000,000 but i'd be shocked if it did a billion.

who knows,we'll have to wait & see.
Supes17 - 9/25/2012, 1:30 PM
I think that if they learn from the mistakes in Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 will be great.
And the recent success of the Avengers will ensure a great box office run.

My predictions were pretty close, with Avengers and TDKR passing $1billion. Needless to say, the Avengers shattered everyone's predictions and expectations by making $1.5 billion.

My predictions so far:
Iron Man 3- $650-$850 million
Man of Steel-$400-$750 million
Thor 2-$500-$650 million
Wolverine-$350-$500 million
Marqy - 9/25/2012, 1:44 PM
YES!! awesome ...
Now after this year Im gonna rape 2013
MOS will be awesome but dont forget that DA BIGGEST BOSS comes out too
dezdigi - 9/25/2012, 2:08 PM
Great summer, bring on 2013!!!
silverdog - 9/25/2012, 2:15 PM
avengers was the best, the overrated knight the most disappointing, the average spider-man the most unnecessary, ghost rider the worst, and dredd the surprise that should have made more money.... in general a good year for CMBs, but I´m happy to take a break from them for a while.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/25/2012, 2:16 PM
YOUNGBL00D - 9/25/2012, 2:27 PM
@mr Eko, spoken like a true scholar
SageMode - 9/25/2012, 2:30 PM


LiquidSmoke - 9/25/2012, 2:31 PM
overrated knight lololololol really?
LiquidSmoke - 9/25/2012, 2:32 PM
releasing your movie in 3d will balloon for your numbers just sayin
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