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Marvel Vs. Dc Movies: Box Office Collection, Opening Weekend, And Critic & Pubic Review

Published Mon May 27 2019 By Dibas Pratap Basnet
Marvel Vs. Dc Movies: Box Office Collection, Opening Weekend, And Critic & Pubic Review

In the world of Hollywood, superhero movies have attracted the attention of many viewers and massive box office collection, but also a clash with the partition of superheroes: Marvel vs DC.

Both Marvel and Dc movies are among the highest grossing movies in the world. Avengers: Endgame which was released in April 2019 grossed over $2 billion as of May 2019. The two giants of the movie industry have made a ton of money from their superhero films.

Marvels Vs. DC: A Race To Success

With fans from all around the world, almost all of Marvel and DC have performed exceptionally at the box office. They have competed for a long time. 

Well, with the movies like Batman Begins, Superman Returns, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, DC dominated the market in the past.

However, since the release of Iron Man in 2008 which earned 585.2 million, Marvel has been the bigger earner among the two. In fact, among the top 10 highest grossing superhero movies, there are 8 marvel movies and only one DC movies along with a Walt Disney / Pixar companies.

Similarly, in the past, DC received a lot of critical acclaim and public love for their movies. In fact, The Dark Knight is one of the most critically acclaimed superhero movies as of till date.

It is also the only superhero movie whose character received an Oscar, late actor Heath Ledger received a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker.

In similar fashion, Marvel also received heaps of praise for movies like Black Panther. The movie was also nominated for 6 Academy Awards, among which, it won 3.

Regarding the opening box office collections for the companies, Marvel beats DC again as of May 2019. The top 3 highest opening collections of superhero films are all Marvel films. DC comes in at fourth with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

With legendary cast members like Robert Downey Jr., Tom HollandAaron Himelstein,Peter DinklageBrie Larson, etc Marvel edges out DC for star power and earnings.

DC also has stars like David Gyasi,Gal Gadot’s and Nicholle Tom under its employment. Most of Marvel and Dc stars have net worth in the millions which is a testament to the brands' popularity.

Worldwide Box Office Collections

The following table lists the box office collections for the highest grossing superhero movies as of May 2019.

PositionFilmBox Office CollectionBrand
1.        Avengers: Endgame (2019)$2,677,472,736Marvel
2.        Avengers: Infinity War (2018)$2,048,359,754Marvel
3.        The Avengers (2012)$1,518,812,988Marvel
4.        Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)$1,405,403,694Marvel
5.        Black Panther (2018)$1,346,913,161Marvel
6.        Incredibles 2 (2018)$1,242,805,359Walt Disney; Pixar Animation
7.        Iron Man 3 (2013)$1,214,811,252Marvel
8.        Captain America: Civil War (2016)$1,153,304,495Marvel
9.        Aquaman (2018)$1,147,661,807DC
10.    Captain Marvel (2019)$1,126,947,152Marvel
11.    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)$1,084,939,099DC
12.    The Dark Knight (2008)$1,004,558,444DC
13.    Spider-Man 3 (2007)$890,871,626Marvel
14.    Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)$880,166,924Marvel
15.    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(2016)$873,634,919DC
Aquaman and Avengers: Infinity War weer both released in the same year, 2018

Marvel beats DC by a substantial margin when it comes to earnings, among the highest earning top 15 superhero movies the majority of them are Marvel movies as of May 2019.

Opening Weekend Collections

We have listed some Marvel and DC movies’ opening weekend collections

Marvel Films

MovieOpening CollectionYear
Avengers: Endgame$1.2 billion2019
Avengers: Infinity War$257,698,1832018
The Avengers$207,438,7082012
Avengers: Age of Ultron$191,271,1092015
Black Panther$202,003,9512018

DC Films

MovieOpening CollectionYear
The Dark Knight Rises$160,887,2952012
The Dark Knight$158,411,4832008
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$166,007,3472016

Audience Reviews: Which Brand, Marvel Or DC Is Loved More By Audiences?

At the moment, Marvel is undoubtedly the more loved of the two companies when it comes to live-action movies. 

Taking audience polls, reviews, box office collections, Marvel is the more widely acclaimed and watched by audiences when it comes to live-action flicks.

But when it comes to animated films DC has created an almost monopoly-like market, DC animated flicks are also well reviewed by critics.

Marvel Vs. DC: Earnings, Market Share, Box Office

As of May 2019, Marvel earns more than DC. As per data from Cheatsheet, DC movies earn around $224 million. 

Similarly, Boxofficemojo reports that the total earnings of DC from 33 of its movies is around $5,287,727,806. The average earning from each film release of DC is around $160,234,176.

An image showing box office collections of DC and Marvel

In similar fashion, Boxofficemojo also reports that Marvel has earned around $13,695,123,660 in total from its movies. On average the company earned around $244,555,780 per movie.

Marvel earns almost double the earnings of DC. Marvels ticket sales are also substantially more than DC films.

According to Bleedingcool, in February 2019, Marvel was the majority shareholder for comic books with around 44.48% unit share and DC had only 30.64% unit share.

Box Office Collections

The following table shows the box office collections for Marvel and DC movies









MovieBox OfficeMovieBox Office
Avengers: Endgame (2019)$2,677,472,736Aquaman (2018)$1,147,661,807
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)$2,048,359,754The Dark Knight Rises (2012)$1,084,939,099
The Avengers (2012)$1,518,812,988The Dark Knight (2008)$1,004,558,444
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)$1,405,403,694Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(2016)$873,634,919
Black Panther (2018)$1,346,913,161Venom(2018)$855 million

Although DC is a huge brand it loses out to Marvel when it comes to earnings and sales. 

Merchandise sales of Marvel are also significantly higher than that is DC.

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