Those complaining about the glut of superhero films in cinemas aren’t the ones who are driving ticket sales it would seem. As we reach the halfway point of the year, the three major Marvel Comics film adaptations to open thus far have become the three highest grossing films worldwide of the year to date.
All three have passed the $700 million mark, and this past weekend Fox’s “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” overtook Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: The Winter Solider” to become the biggest earner of 2014 so far with $712.7 million in global revenue (vs. “Captain America: The Winter Solider” with $711.2 million).
Despite the poor domestic performance, Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has done strong business overseas and managed to slip into third place with $703.7 million. The Tom Cruise-led sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow” has also made something of a comeback thanks to the overseas audience, the film managing to crack the Top Ten with $318.7 million so far despite domestically having only garnered $84 million to date.
The strong performances of still in cinemas titles like “Maleficent” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” are expected to change up the Top 10 rather dramatically over the next few weeks, but here is how it stacks up at the halfway point:
1. X-Men: Days Of Future Past ($712.7 million)
2. Captain America: The Winter Solider ($711.2 million)
3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($703.7 million)
4. Maleficent ($585.6 million)
5. Godzilla ($488.1 million)
6. Rio 2 ($470.2 million)
7. The LEGO Movie ($467.2 million)
8. Noah ($359.2 million)
9. 300: Rise of an Empire ($331.1 million)
10. Edge of Tomorrow ($318.7 million)
Source: Box-Office Mojo