US Box-Office: Superhero Movies Report Card

Every year since The Avengers broke all the records, a dozen click-bait articles announcing the onset of Superhero Movie Fatigue™ show up on trade websites.
Is 2016 the year audience enthusiasm for caped crusaders finally begins to vane? Let's take a look at how the offerings from Marvel, DC, and Fox have performed so far.





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DEADPOOL

Domestic: $363 million (#2)

Worldwide: $780 million (#5)

Deadpool is the most impressive sucess story of the year. The Merc with a Mouth™ flew by every box-office predictions to become the second most popular SHM of the year. A truly impressive feat for a R-Rated movie starring a little known character. And with a modest $58 million production budget, Deadpool is guaranteed to be one of the most (if not the most) profitable movie of the year.

A+







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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Domestic: $401 million (#1)
Worldwide: $1,1 billion (#1)

Civil War today became the first movie of 2016 to pass $400 million. While it won't meet the Avengers-sized expectation placed upon it, the Winter Soldier sequel is massively outperforming its precedessesor. [RDJ, ha power!]

A







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BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Domestic: $330 million (#5)
Worldwide: $873 million (#4)

Dawn of Justice finds itself in the awkward position of having grossed a massive amount of money yet still being perceived as disapointment because: a) it cost so damn much that it'll barely break even in the theatre, and b) despite starring the two most iconic superheros in the world, it got beat by Deadpool and won't end up in the top 5 movies of the year, domestically or worldwide.

B-





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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Domestic: $146 million (#6)
Worldwide: $510 million (#8)

X-Men Apocalypse is running 30% behind its predecessor X-Men: Days of Future Past and has dropped out of the top 5 in its 4th week of release. It's not that surprising since the X-Men movie are kind of the red-haired step-children of the Superhero genre. [Even though I enjoy the heck out of them]

C+




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SUICIDE SQUAD

Suicide Squad is the movie that everybody, even the hardcore Marvel stans, is looking forward to. The highly anticipated entry to the DCEU, is projected to gross close to $100 million on opening weekend.

A if projections hold.



sources: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5