Superhero movies that gross a lot of money are ten a penny these days, but the modern comic book blockbuster would be nowhere if it wasn’t for Sam Raimi’s groundbreaking, risk-taking Spider-Man way back in 2002. Blade had shown Hollywood studios that comic book movies could be successful, while X-Men proved they could be box office giants, but it was Raimi’s Spider-Man that sealed the deal and established the winning formula that studios have been using for years.
Ever since then, every Spider-Man movie has been a box office smash, but some have made more money than others. So, here is every Spider-Man movie, ranked by worldwide box office.
8 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($375,469,903)
Last year’s animated gem Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might have grossed a lot less than its fellow web-slinging superhero adventures, but it was far from a box office bomb. It only cost $90 million to make, so $375 million was quite a haul. It was a big enough hit for Sony to greenlight a bunch of sequels and spin-offs, so we have those to look forward to.
Into the Spider-Verse was showered with awards, including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. It was a masterpiece with a beautiful look, a compelling plot, and refreshingly lovable characters. Maybe it was just that 2D animation is a tough sell to today’s spoiled audiences.
7 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($708,982,323)
This was supposed to be the one to set up Sony’s Spider-Man cinematic universe. Unsurprisingly, it failed miserably. The movie didn’t gross nearly enough to warrant all the sequels and spin-offs that Sony had jumped the gun on rushing into development. The only one we ended up getting was a feeble retread of their original plan for a Venom movie, and even that grossed more than this.
Sony clearly didn’t learn any lessons from Spider-Man 3. That movie’s big problem was cramming in too many villains to develop any of them. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crammed in even more villains and even less development. Apart from Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s chemistry (and even then, that chemistry is underserved by subplots like Spider-Man stalking in the script), this is a mess from start to finish.
6 The Amazing Spider-Man ($757,930,663)
When this movie was released in 2012, the burning question on every superhero fan’s mind was: why? We were promised the darker, grittier reboot of Spider-Man’s origin story that would reveal the hidden past of Peter Parker’s parents. What we got was basically a remake of Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie, with all the changes made to it only making it worse.
Andrew Garfield made for a great Spidey, but he was a terrible Peter Parker – he was handsome, charming, and confident, without a hint of nerdiness or awkwardness or insecurity. He’s been branded the “hipster” Peter Parker, and Peter Parker is no hipster.
5 Spider-Man 2 ($783,766,341)
Few Spidey fans would argue that this is his best big-screen outing – at least his best live-action one (Into the Spider-Verse was pretty impeccable) – and yet, surprisingly, it’s the lowest-grossing installment in Sam Raimi’s trilogy. Having set the template for cinematic superhero origin stories with his first Spider-Man movie, Raimi returned to set the template for the following parts in their three-part on-screen journeys with the next one.
With the origin story out of the way, Raimi dives right into the action, with just as much character development along the way. Peter Parker begins to lose his powers as his mentor figure becomes the gruesome villain Doctor Octopus, and he learns what it truly means to be a hero.
4 Spider-Man ($821,708,551)
It might seem absurd that a movie about Spider-Man was once considered to be a risk, but when cult horror director Sam Raimi spent $139 million of Sony’s money on the first one, that’s exactly what it was. Since superheroes weren’t mainstream characters in 2002 when this movie was released, not a lot of passive moviegoers were familiar with Spidey’s origin story.
However, Raimi did such a fantastic job with it that audiences just rolled their eyes when the 2012 reboot rehashed it (Raimi had already nailed it, so what’s the point in trying to redo it?), and the MCU decided not to bother at all.
3 Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880,166,924)
Spidey’s first solo movie in the MCU was a delightful breath of fresh air. Whereas Marc Webb’s reboot series had tried desperately to replicate what worked about Sam Raimi’s movies, the MCU went out of its way to give us a Spider-Man movie that was completely unlike Raimi’s movies, while being just as faithful to the character.
In Homecoming, Peter Parker gets a new Uncle Ben-esque father figure in the form of Tony Stark, he pesters Happy Hogan about becoming an Avenger, and Aunt May finds out his secret identity. Director Jon Watts helmed the movie as an ‘80s high school movie in the style of John Hughes’ classic comedies, which helped to differentiate it tonally from its predecessors.
2 Spider-Man 3 ($890,871,626)
By far the most despised and controversial movie in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Spider-Man 3 is also his highest grossing installment. While it’s impossible to picture any moviegoers being excited to see Spider-Man 3 now that we know what was in store – emo Peter Parker doing a silly dance, Venom reduced to a dweeby, mustache-twirling work colleague, and the Sandman (‘nuff said about the Sandman) – it was a hugely anticipated movie back in the summer of 2007.
With Raimi’s critically acclaimed and universally adored trilogy coming to an end, the excitement level was on par with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, or Captain America: Civil War in 2016, hence the whopping box office gross.
1 Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1,124,978,639)
There’s something morbid about Spider-Man: Far From Home’s placement on this list. It became the first Spidey movie to top $1 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing Spider-Man movie ever made and also Sony’s all-time highest-grossing movie. Not too long after that, Sony decided to kiss the MCU goodbye and take your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man back for themselves.
They won’t share the character anymore and will make their own Spidey-based cinematic universe – y’know, like they already tried and failed to do. If they’re hoping for a $1 billion-grossing Spider-Man movie without the help of Marvel and its wider shared universe, they’re dreaming.