Published on August 16, 2019

Most Powerful Superhero by Box Office Total

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Most Powerful Superhero by Box Office Total

Superhero movies have possibly become the most popular genre in movie history. Not only do us fans love them but so do the film studios who are making millions—or billions!—off of them. Because of this, you can always count on the summer to deliver our favorite heroes in a spectacle of CGI-packed action sequences, romance, comedy, and many quotable one-liners. To decide which superhero is the strongest, we put our favorites to the test and ranked them based on their box office totals. From The Avengers to Justice League to The Incredibles, keep scrolling to see which of your favorite heroes come out on top and which ones are left in the dust.

1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame Box Office
"Whatever it takes" - Chris Evans as Steve Rogers [Source: Entertainment Weekly/Marvel Studios]

Release Date: May 26, 2019

Lifetime Gross: $847 billion

2. Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther Box Office
"Wakanda forever!" - Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa [Source: Cinematary/Marvel Studios]

Release Date: February 16, 2018

Lifetime Gross: $700 billion

3. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War Box Office Ranking

"Dread it, run from it, destiny arrives all the same" - Josh Brolin as Thanos [Source: Variety / Marvel Entertainment]

Release Date: April 27, 2018

Lifetime Gross: $678 billion

4. The Avengers (2012)

Marvel's The Avengers

"Cause if we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we'll avenge it" - Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man [Source: Empire Online / Marvel Entertainment]

Release Date: May 4, 2012

Lifetime Gross: $623 billion

5. Incredibles 2 (2018)

Incredibles 2 Box Office

"Suit up. It might get weird" - Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible [Source: New Yorker / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Everett]

Release Date: June 16, 2018

Lifetime Gross: $608 billion

6. The Dark Knight (2008)

Batman The Dark Knight Box Office

"How about a magic trick..." - Heath Ledger as The Joker [Source: SYFY / Warner Bros.]

Release Date: July 18, 2008

Lifetime Gross: $535 billion

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers Age of Ultron Box Office

"Now here we are with our wit and our wills to save the world. So stand and fight" - Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury [Source: Empire Online / Marvel Entertainment]

Release Date: May 1, 2015

Lifetime Gross: $459 billion

8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Batman The Dark Knight Rises Box Office

"A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy's shoulder to let him know that the world hadn't ended" - Christian Bale as Batman [Source: Grunge / Warner Bros.]

Release Date: July 20, 2012

Lifetime Gross: $448 billion

9. Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel Box Office

"I'm not gonna fight your war, I'm gonna end it" - Brie Larson as Captain Marvel [Source: Empire Online / Marvel Entertainment]

Release Date: March 8, 2019

Lifetime Gross: $426 billion

10. Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman Box Office Ranking

"A deal is a promise and a promise is unbreakable" - Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman [Source: Vox / Warner Bros.]

Release Date: June 2, 2017

Lifetime Gross: $412 billion

11. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 Box Office Ranking

"I'm Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, got a great girl and occasionally save the world. So why can't I sleep?" - Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark [Source: CGM / Marvel Entertainment]

Release Date: May 3, 2013

Lifetime Gross: $409 billion

12. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America Civil War

"If we sign this, we surrender our right to choose" - Chris Evans as Captain America [Source: Entertainment Weekly / Marvel Entertainment]

Release Date: May 6, 2016

Lifetime Gross: $408 billion

13. Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man Box Office Ranking

"Remember, with great power comes great responsibility" - Cliff Robertson as Uncle Ben [Source: Movie Screencaps / Sony Pictures Entertainment]

Release Date: May 3, 2002

Lifetime Gross: $403 billion

14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Box Office Ranking

"I am Groot" - Vin Diesel as Groot [Source: SYFY / Marvel Entertainment]

Release Date: May 5, 2017

Lifetime Gross: $389 billion

15. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 Box Office

"I believe there's a hero in all of us that keeps us honest, noble and finally allows us to die with pride. Even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the things we want the most. Even our dreams" - Rosemary Harris as May Parker [Source: Screenrant / Sony Pictures Entertainment]

Release Date: June 30, 2004

Lifetime Gross: $373 billion

16. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Spider-Man: Far From Home Box Office Ranking

"It's easy to fool people when they're already fooling themselves" - Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck [Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Sony Pictures Entertainment]

Release Date: July 2, 2019

Lifetime Gross: $370 billion

17. Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool Box Office

"Daddy needs to express some rage" - Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool [Source: POPSUGAR / 20th Century Fox]

Release Date: February 12, 2016

Lifetime Gross: $363 billion

18. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Spider-Man 3 Box Office Ranking

"Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. It's the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what's right" - Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man [Source: Rakuten / Sony Pictures Entertainment]

Release Date: May 4, 2007

Lifetime Gross: $336 billion

19. Aquaman (2018)

Aquaman Box Office Ranking

"I'm no leader. I came because I had no choice. I came to save my home, and the people that I love" - Jason Momoa as Aquaman [Source: Metro Weekly / Warner Bros.]

Release Date: December 21, 2018

Lifetime Gross: $335 billion

20. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming Box Office Ranking

"Please, this is all I have! I'm nothing without this suit!" - Tom Holland as Spider-Man [Source: Variety / Sony Pictures Entertainment]

Release Date: July 7, 2017

Lifetime Gross: $335 billion

So did your favorite make it onto the list? Were you surprised by how some of them were ranked? If you're a Spider-Man fan, you must be pretty proud. 5 out of the 20 movies listed are standalone Spider-Man films but he's starred in a total of 8 of the 20. Based off of those stats, we'd have to say that he is absolutely the strongest hero in cinemas. Let us know in the comments which superhero movie you're looking forward to the most and if/where you think it will rank in the box office rankings!

All box office data courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.

Wyatt Edwards
Wyatt Edwards

Wyatt Edwards is the Internet Wizard at, where he is lead editor and writes about superheroes and pop culture. He is an avid toy collector and a yearly judge for The Poppies, an industry pop culture collectible award.

What’s fun for Wyatt? Playing Dungeons & Dragons, making wild guitar noises, and buying ridiculous toys that might look good on a shelf someday. He seriously has way too many hobbies. You can find him on Twitter @whatandwyatt.