It's a good time to be Disney. With some recent huge box office successes under its belt, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Zootopia and The Jungle Book, the studio is raking in a ton of money. Add to that the $940 million worldwide that Captain America: Civil War has earned so far, and that pile of cash gets significantly higher.
Disney acquired Marvel Studios back in 2009, the year after Marvel released the first two movies of what is now referred to as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Since then, Marvel has released at least one movie a year (two a year since 2011). Those movies have pretty consistently been big moneymakers for Marvel and its parent company, and now the amount of money they've collectively made has reached a huge new milestone.
ComicBook.com reports that the MCU movies have now earned over $10 billion internationally. To celebrate the occasion, the site also broke out the individual MCU movies from highest-grossing to lowest-grossing, to show how things currently stand:
Avengers = $1,519,557,910
Avengers: Age Of Ultron = $1,405,413,868
Iron Man 3 = $1,215,439,994
Captain America: Civil War = $940,892,078
Guardians Of The Galaxy = $773,312,399
Captain America: The Winter Soldier = $714,421,503
Thor: The Dark World = $644,602,516
Iron Man 2 = $623,933,331
Iron Man = $585,174,222
Ant-Man = $519,445,163
Thor = $449,326,618
Captain America: The First Avenger = $370,569,774
The Incredible Hulk = $263,427,551
It should not come as a surprise that The Incredible Hulk is the lowest grossing of the MCU movies, coming pretty early on in their run and also generally being considered one of the weakest among them. It was no accident that Edward Norton was replaced in the role by Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers. The Incredible Hulk still grossed over $260 million at the box office, though, showing that even Marvel's least successful movie wasn't a disaster.
With a full slate of movies planned all the way through 2020, Marvel's money train won't be slowing down anytime soon. Once the dust settles on Civil War, Marvel fans still have Doctor Strange to look forward to by the end of the year, and three movies on the schedule for 2017 with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming (a co-production with Sony), and Thor: Ragnarok. Those movies and 2018's Black Panther will all be leading up the first of Marvel's two most ambitious movies yet: Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. With that movie and its follow-up promising to bring together most if not all of the heroes who have appeared in the MCU so far as well as introduce new ones, it is an opportunity for Marvel to break even more box office records.
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.
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