Special Report

The Highest-Grossing Movies in the Marvel Universe

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39. Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
> Worldwide box office: $289.5 million (#502 most out of all movies)
> Domestic box office: $131.9 million (#473 most out of all movies)
> Production budget: $120 million (#298 most out of all movies)
> Distributor: 20th Century Fox
> Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis

In this sequel to “Fantastic Four” the superheros confront and later join forces with the Silver Surfer to save Earth from the planet-eating Galactus. It was only the second live-action Marvel film to receive a PG rating after the ill-fated “Howard the Duck.”

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38. X-Men (2000)
> Worldwide box office: $296.9 million (#487 most out of all movies)
> Domestic box office: $157.3 million (#347 most out of all movies)
> Production budget: $75 million (#646 most out of all movies)
> Distributor: 20th Century Fox
> Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen

“X-Men” is the 2000 superhero movie with an ensemble cast that kicked off the series. It’s the story of a world where some people are mutants whose superhuman powers make them distrusted by normal human beings.

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37. Fantastic Four (2005)
> Worldwide box office: $333.1 million (#409 most out of all movies)
> Domestic box office: $154.7 million (#357 most out of all movies)
> Production budget: $87.5 million (#505 most out of all movies)
> Distributor: 20th Century Fox
> Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba

This was the second live-action Fantastic Four movie. A previous effort was a B movie made by Roger Corman that went unreleased. A team of astronauts gain superpowers due to cosmic radiation and use them to fight their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.

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36. X-Men: First Class (2011)
> Worldwide box office: $355.4 million (#368 most out of all movies)
> Domestic box office: $146.4 million (#390 most out of all movies)
> Production budget: $160 million (#146 most out of all movies)
> Distributor: 20th Century Fox
> Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

“First Class” is set in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It tells the story of Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto and the origins of the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants as they battle a supremacist bent on nuclear war.

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35. Marvel Studios’ Captain America: the First Avenger (2011)
> Worldwide box office: $370.6 million (#333 most out of all movies)
> Domestic box office: $176.7 million (#273 most out of all movies)
> Production budget: $140 million (#218 most out of all movies)
> Distributor: Paramount Pictures
> Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell

During World War II, Steve Rogers, a weakling played by Chris Evans, is transformed into the super-soldier Captain America and must stop the Red Skull from achieving world domination.