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Sequels, prequels, spinoffs, and reboots all seem inevitable after the release of a profitable superhero film.

It’s safe to assume that most superhero films make an insane amount of money at the box office, considering the high volume of superhero films that are churned out each year, but which superhero franchises are the most profitable? 

To answer this question, we compiled a list of the 10 highest-grossing superhero franchises in the United States, and included how each movie, sequel, spinoff, and reboot stacks up to the competition.

These are the 10 highest-grossing superhero franchises of all time.

Note: All numbers are based off of domestic gross income via Box Office Mojo, and have been adjusted for inflation. Some prices may have been adjusted to account for re-releases of the films. 

10. “Thor” – $417,317,200 total grossed

“Thor,” while the smallest of the superhero franchises, is still among one of the highest-grossing superhero properties. “Thor: Ragnarok,” the third addition to the “Thor” series, is set to be released November 3, 2017.

How the films stack up:

1. “Thor: The Dark World” (2013) total grossed:$218,709,200

2. “Thor” (2011) total grossed: $198,608,000



9. “The Fantastic Four” – $442,956,700 total grossed

The most recent reboot of the “Fantastic Four” didn’t stack up to the original, but that hasn’t stopped the “Fantastic Four” from continuing to be one of the highest-grossing superhero series of all time. 

How the films stack up:

1. “Fantastic Four” (2005) total grossed:  $213,340,600

2. “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007) total grossed: $169,504,100

3. “Fantastic Four” (2015) total grossed: $60,112,000


8. “Guardians of the Galaxy” – $748,524,200 total grossed

With its stellar soundtracks and crew comradery, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has quickly become one of the most popular superhero films over the past 3 years, and with only two films under its belt, the franchise has already grossed $748,524,200. With such a successful run so far, it’s probably safe to expect a “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” sometime in the future.

How the films stack up:

1. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017) total grossed: $384, 262, 100

2. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014) total grossed: $364,262, 100



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