Marvel must be secretly run by robots. Every movie they put out is a hit. Every time they drop a new movie, Marvel and their parent company, Disney, rake in hundreds of millions of dollars. That may actually be a contributing factor to why we fans care so much about the box office these days. But I digress.
Captain America: Civil War is the highest grossing movie of the year — domestically. For anyone new to box office analysis, domestic means here in the United States. Yes, Captain Rogers has surpassed Deadpool and Batman v Superman to climb to the top rung of the American box office ladder. What does that really mean though? Did Civil War topple the records set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World? Before you get too excited, let's remember that Civil War has taken the record for this year only, and that may be temporary with all of the other films we've yet to see this year.
So, in terms of "all time" numbers, how do Cap and his amazing friends fare? Where does Civil War rank on the list of top domestic films of all time? Let's make our way down the list and see how long it takes to reach Cap!
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Remember that movie? Even my parents saw it more than once! Maybe that's why it made a whopping $936,641,878 just here in the US!
James Cameron's foray into sci-fi sucked us in due to its beauty and emotional story. Disney's Animal Kingdom will be showcasing a section of the park based on the movie next year! It made $760,507,625 domestically.
James Cameron's other movie made a "titanic" $658,672,302 here in the States!
4. Jurassic World
This return to the Jurassic franchise was bound to be a cash cow. It made $652,198,010 domestically! That's a big cow!
5. The Avengers
Remember how I was saying Marvel makes a ton of cash? Well, the first assembly of the Avengers grossed $623,279,547 domestically!
6. The Dark Knight
This was one of the best superhero films of all time. We all miss Heath Ledger. He was a massive talent. The Dark Knight grossed $533,345,358 in the US.
7. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars was back! Little did we know it was bringing Jar Jar Binks with it! Star Wars Episode 1 took in $474,544,677, despite what people thought of it.
8. Star Wars: A New Hope
The first ever Star Wars film is a box office legend! It took in millions back when that was extremely uncommon. It made $460,998,007 domestic.
9. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
It may not have been what we wanted, but we paid $459,005,868 to see it. That says something.
10. The Dark Knight Rises
The final film of the Bat-trilogy brought in $448,139,099. Not bad!
So those are the top 10. Let's move a little faster to get down to Civil War's spot, shall we?
- Shrek 2 $441,226,247
- ET: The Extra-Terrestrial $435,110,554
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812
- The Lion King $422,780,140
- Toy Story 3 $415,004,880
- Iron Man 3 $408,992,272
- The Hunger Games $408,010,692
- Spider-Man $403,706,375
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870
- Frozen $400,738,009
- Jurassic Park $395,708,305
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 $381,011,219
- Finding Nemo $380,529,370
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577
- The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King $377,845,905
- Spider-Man 2 $373,524,485
- Captain America: Civil War $372,610,948
Ok, 17 entries later, we've made it back to Cap. Captain America: Civil War has made $372,610,948. Why is Civil War so low on the list?
Well, remember this is a Cap movie. The Marvel movies that draw the gigantic crowds tend to have Avengers in the name. Also keep in mind that Civil War is still in theaters. It has plenty of time left to climb higher in the rankings.
I'd call it a success. For a non-Avengers Marvel movie to make so much, is quite a feat. It must have something to do with Iron Man's involvement, considering how well Iron Man 3 did. Yes, according to the numbers, Captain America: Civil War is one of our favorite Marvel films of all time! That's definitely something the Russo brothers can brag about!