12 January 2007

DC vs Marvel - Now with INFLATION

In a recent story, I addressed the box office earnings of DC comics versus Marvel comics superhero films and found that Marvel had the edge with 57% of the earnings to DC's 43%. The breakdown of raw domestic box office earnings can be seen in the following chart:


After some feedback and requests, I have retabulated the earnings. Since DC ventured into the film business back in the 70's their earnings, when adjusted for inflation, are quite a bit more impressive. In fact, after the adjustment, DC actually gains the edge with $2.4 billion in adjusted dollars versus Marvel's $2.2 billion. Of course, after this year's Ghost Rider, Spider-Man 3 and Fantastic Four 2 from Marvel, and DC's goose egg, 2007 will make Marvel the champ in both domestic earnings and adjusted grosses.


Accounting for inflation, here is the list of films sorted by adjusted dollars from the biggest hit to biggest flop:

Spider-Man (2002) - $445,493,476
Superman (1978) - $432,866,495
Batman (1989) - $415,175,654
Spider-Man 2 (2004) - $396,640,255
Superman II (1981) - $256,690,465
Batman Forever (1995) - $242,790,239
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) - $234,362,462
Batman Returns (1992) - $233,830,271
X2: X-Men United (2003) - $233,463,431
Batman Begins (2005) - $212,325,462
Superman Returns (2006) - $200,081,192
X-Men (2000) - $184,508,906
Fantastic Four (2005) - $159,955,746
Hulk (2003) - $143,561,733
Batman and Robin (1997) - $133,724,604
Superman III (1983) - $121,432,105
Daredevil (2003) - $111,375,649
Blade II (2002) - $90,872,082
Blade (1998) - $85,364,229
Constantine (2005) - $78,559,369
Blade: Trinity (2004) - $55,646,307
Catwoman (2004) - $42,683,317
The Punisher (2004) - $35,896,656
Supergirl (1984) - $28,060,020
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) - $27,952,213
Elektra (2005) - $25,239,652
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) - $7,831,757
Steel (1997) - $2,131,830





Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition





Batman - The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 (Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin) (Two-Disc Special Edition)




Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition)





Spider-Man / Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Editions)



Fantastic Four DVD




Invincible Iron Man

2 comments:

Dragulf said...

Basicly it's the same as before. Marvel has whipped DC's butt in 10 years. :)

I wonder what the worldwide figures look like.

Chip Chief said...

sounds like a challenge...