The Marvel Cinematic Universe hit a major milestone recently as it passed $10 billion in earnings worldwide. That is a huge amount of money, and in combination with high earners like Star War: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book, adds up to a very lucrative time for Marvel's parent company Disney.
Disney acquired Marvel Studios back in 2009, shortly after the successful release of the first Iron Man movie in 2008. That movie earned $585,174,222 at the box office and helped kick off the MCU as we know it today. Marvel has been a consistent money maker for Disney since then, and its latest movie is no exception, as Captain America: Civil War was a large part of what pushed the MCU past that $10 billion mark.
Variety reports that Civil War has grossed over $1 billion worldwide at the box office, an impressive number for a movie that has been out for only about three weeks. That makes it the top-earning movie for all of 2016 so far and sets a bar that will be hard for the year's remaining movies to clear. It is the fourth MCU movie to pass $1 billion, following The Avengers at $1.518 billion, Avengers: Age of Ultron at $1.405 billion and Iron Man 3 at $1.215 billion.
In comparison, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is not expected to make $1 billion, which is no doubt part of the reason for the recent change in leadership over at Warner Bros. Warner Bros. is in the position of having to play catch-up to Marvel as far as building a shared universe for its characters, and the setback with Batman V Superman means it is also playing catch-up as far as profitability is concerned.
Civil War has not yet left theaters, so there is still more box-office earnings to be made. How it ends up ranking in comparison to past MCU movies remains to be seen, but even if it never made another dollar it would still be Marvel's fourth most profitable movie, edging out Guardians of the Galaxy and its $773,312,399 in earnings. That all adds up to yet another win for Marvel and Disney, and assures that the MCU will continue forward full steam ahead for years to come.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.