Infographics: How Much The Infinity Saga Made
In this article, we compare Marvel Universe revenues with other films, franchises and budgets of individual counties
Marvel Universe is breaking records – Avengers: Endgame has grossed $2.79 billion and beat Avatar, the highest-grossing film in the movie history. In this article, we’ll compare revenues of The Infinity Saga with other comics-based films, most expensive and profitable movies, as well as with budgets of certain countries.
To demonstrate box office records of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, we’ll show them on the chart.
As we can see, the total gross of Marvel films has materially increased since the release of the first Avengers. Currently, team movies with dozens of superheroes are bringing huge profits and attract big investments.
Film budgets compared to box office
The connection between the film’s budget and revenue is clear. As soon as it became obvious that team films bring more money, Marvel increased investments in them – actors’ fees are huge.
Avengers: Endgame turned out to be the most expensive and also the most profitable film in Marvel Universe. Some films have even got into the list of the highest-grossing films in history. For example, Avengers: Endgame has passed Avatar which held the record since 2009.
Box office records
Total revenue from The Infinity Saga is $22.4 billion, exceeding results of any other franchise.
Most profitable film franchises
Following the success of Avengers, Warner Bros. decided to launch its own universe based on DC comics. There are many versions which try to explain why it failed. Revenues from Batman and Superman films look good but cannot be compared with film adaptations of Marvel comics.
Marvel and DC box office
Revenues from films about Superman and his fellow Justice League members fade in comparison with Avengers although revenues from solo films are comparable. Interestingly, the biggest profit was brought by Aquaman. However, even the lowest-grossing Ant-Man did better than Shazam! which got favorable reviews from both viewers and critics. The difference in performance is striking since DC and Marvel spend similar budgets on their films.
Marvel and DC film budgets compared to their box office
While modern Batman does not bring big profits, it was Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight which was the first comics-based film whose box office surpassed the billion-dollar mark. Films about the X-Men and Spider-Man were released long before the launch of Marvel Universe. Are their revenues comparable to Avengers? See for yourself.
Box office of comics-based films
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises have grossed well but their results are materially lower than that of any Avengers. X-Men don’t participate in this race – relative success was achieved only by X-Men: Days of Future Past and by the Deadpool dilogy which belongs to the same universe. Meanwhile, the earnings of successful comics-based films from the past are comparable with modern Marvel solo films.
Currently, Avengers: Endgame is the highest-budget film in history (not adjusted for inflation). Other Marvel films are also high on the most expensive movie list.
Most expensive movies in history
The Infinity Saga box office compared to countries’ budgets
Total revenue of The Infinity Saga is comparable to budgets of Belarus, Oman or Uzbekistan and is twice higher than Iceland’s revenue. We can compare Saga’s income with budgets of individual countries on a pie chart – Marvel films’ revenue was taken for 100%.
However, Saga revenues don’t look that big in comparison with other sums in the contemporary world, for example, with money spent on modern wars or dealing with the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster.
Marvel Universe is not the only example of successful comics-based films, but it was the Avengers who have shown that adaptation of graphic novels can bring incredible profits which exceed even the wildest forecasts. As comics-based films are so profitable, they will be released with enviable regularity.