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10 Highest-Grossing Marvel Movies Outside The MCU, Ranked

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the highest-grossing film franchise in history. Since 2008 with Iron Man, the MCU has certainly changed the game not just for comic book movies, but for cinema as a whole. Enjoying critical and commercial acclaim for so long, the MCU has become a box office giant earning millions from its projects.



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While the shared universe is a huge success, many Marvel movies outside of the MCU have done well in terms of revenue. From Sony’s Spider-Man movies to Fox’s X-Men universe, Marvel movies have ruled the box office for the majority of the 21st century and continue to do so.

ten Big Hero 6 grossed $657,869,686

Big Hero 6 is an animated film loosely based on the Marvel comics of the same name. The film received mostly positive reviews upon its release in 2014. While Big Hero 6 was a huge departure from its source material, the superhero movie managed to earn huge amounts of money at the box office and also become one of the highest-grossing animated movies at that time.

Baymax has also earned its place as one of the cutest Disney characters. For its heartwarming story, engaging characters and colorful visuals, Big Hero 6 performed well at the box office with an impressive $657,869,686.

9 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earned $708,982,323 at the box office

Since the release of Spider-Man: No Coming Home, fans remembered their love for Andrew Garfield’s version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case, because The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to meet the high expectations of fans. The 2014 film was met with mostly negative reviews, so all subsequent film and spinoff projects were shelved.

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However, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did pretty well at the box office as it managed to place not so far behind its predecessor. Although it is the lowest paying live action Spider Man film to date, $700 million is still a lot of money.

8 X-Men: Days Of Future Past Made An Impressive $746,045,700

After the disappointing performance of X-Men: First Class, the franchise returned with X-Men: Days of Future Past. X-Men: Days of Future Past received critical acclaim for its story and cinematography. Made on a budget of over $200 million, the film performed well at the box office and grossed just under a quarter of a billion dollars.

days of future past is the highest-grossing film under the x-men banner and is the third largest in Fox’s universe of Marvel characters, just after the two dead Pool movies. He also outperformed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, another Marvel movie released the same year.

seven The Amazing Spider-Man rebooted the character and grossed $757,930,663

Sony restarted the Spider Man series which starred Tobey Maguire creating a new series centered on Andrew Garfield as the titular character. The Amazing Spider-Man was a solid superhero outing and was loved by fans everywhere. While it had its missteps, the film’s characters and cinematography far outweighed the flaws.

Made with a big budget of over $200 million, The Amazing Spider-Man did not disappoint at the box office. Released around the same time as movies like The Avengers and The dark knight rises, the Spider-Man movie has managed to make history for itself.

6 Deadpool became the highest R-Rated film of its time with $782,612,155

Deadpool is one of the most popular Marvel characters, but he has yet to appear in the MCU. Much of the credit for its popularity goes to the two dead Pool movies in which he starred. Ryan Reynolds portrayed the character with hilarious perfection and there’s no doubt he was the best man for the job.

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One of the best comic book anti-heroes made a splash at the box office with dead Pool. The R-rated film topped all other Fox-Marvel films at the time. Produced with a budget of $58 million, dead Pool certainly exceeded all fan expectations for the project.

5 Deadpool 2 narrowly outperformed its predecessor and grossed $785,896,609

Just like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 was an unusual superhero movie. From chilling bloodbaths to sudden banter from the anti-hero, fans could expect the unexpected from a dead Pool image. The sequel broke many box office records upon its release. The film outperformed the original and became the highest-grossing R-rated film until the record was broken by Joker.

Deadpool 2 also had the highest opening day for a 20th Century Fox film. It took about $110 million to make deadpool 2, and the film did its increased budget justice by doing well at the box office.

4 Spider-Man 2 did well at the box office with $788,976,453

After the resounding success of Spider ManSony brought back the webbed hero with a sequel in 2004. Titled Spider-man 2, the sequel was a worthy addition to the series. From the great acting of Tobey Maguire and Alfred Molina to the action-packed plot, the film left little to no room for complaints. Some fans even consider the Spider-Man sequel to be superior to the original film.

Financially, Spiderman 2 a little below its predecessor. Nevertheless, with a budget of around $200 million, Spiderman 2 had a good film career. It also broke the record for highest-grossing Wednesday, topping The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which is impressive.

3 Spider-Man brought the character to live action with $825,025,036

Spider-Man has been one of Marvel Comics’ most popular superheroes. His stardom jumped exponentially when Sony brought him to live action in the grandest way possible. With Tobey Maguire as the Webbed Hero, Spider Man did wonders at the box office and became the highest-grossing superhero film at the time of its release.

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Spider Man was the third highest-grossing film of 2002, behind The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Produced with a budget of approximately $139 million, Spider Man completely revolutionized the future of superhero movies with its smash hit.

2 Venom launched Sony’s shared universe and earned $856,085,151

After the three Spider-Man reboots, Sony decided to explore other Marvel characters and chose Venom as the next protagonist. Tom Hardy played the anti-hero and the film was a perfect blend of action and humor. From catchy one-liners to humorous interactions between Venom and Eddie Brock, Venom retained its quality to the very end.

It took about $100 million to create Venombut Sony made a lot of money from this blockbuster. Venom is also the first film in Sony’s shared universe, known as SSU.

1 Spider-Man 3 hits the top with $894,983,373

by Sam Raimi Spiderman 3 is one of the most polarizing superhero movies of all time as it completely split fans. Some say it was a disappointing ending to one of the greatest superhero trilogies of all time, while others find it entertaining. Nonetheless, detractors and fans watched the film, which helped make it the highest-grossing Marvel film.

Over time, fans have come to love the film even more. The Bully Maguire concept that was hated by viewers at the time has now become a playful and hilarious meme. Made with a big budget of $258 million, Spiderman 3 eventually managed to earn nearly $900 million, the most for any Marvel movie outside of the MCU.

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