In terms of personal tastes, it’s highly debatable. In terms of box office earnings, however, it’s no contest.
M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth tanked hard, despite the Will/Jaden Smith headliners; Tom Cruise’s Oblivion did okay after slow word-of-mouth buildup; Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium had almost the exact same middling numbers (and reception) as Oblivion – and even Star Trek Into Darkness couldn’t crack $500 million. It would be kindness to add Gravity‘s half billion earnings to this list.
Meanwhile Iron Man was in the billionaires club, Thor and Superman went over half a billion each, and Wolverine in Japan nearly equaled the earnings of the entire Enterprise crew and a not-so-secret Khan reveal. ‘Nuff said.