How to make some REAL money!

By Joe | July 22, 2008

It would seem that all you really need to do to make some REALLY BIG MONEY is make a movie based on a popular comic book superhero! I mean look at those numbers(see chart below) ! All of these movies have made over 100 million in the box office and two of them JUST OPENED! The Dark Knight made 155 Million during it’s opening weekend and while spider-Man is still the top of the heap, don’t be surprised if this lastest Batman sequel takes the top spot. The way people are talking about it, it may just do it!

The other day I was at my favorite diner and the counter guy was RAVING about The Dark Knight. “It’s the best movie of the year!” he said, “Heath Ledger will win an Oscar” he predicted. “Heath Ledger knocked Jack Nicholson out of the box as the Joker” he proclaimed “It’s the best movie I’ve ever seen!!” he sputtered, and on and on. I haven’t seen it yet, but it appears that all the super hero movie hype has apparently been surmounted by The Dark Knight, and the money rolling in is proof.

It appears that we love our super heroes and despite bleak economic times, we are willing to spend money to be entertained.

Rank Title (click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross / Theaters Opening / Theaters Date
1 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 3,876 $114,844,116 3,615 5/3/02
2 Spider-Man 2 Sony $373,585,825 4,166 $88,156,227 4,152 6/30/04
3 Spider-Man 3 Sony $336,530,303 4,324 $151,116,516 4,252 5/4/07
4 Iron Man Par. $314,376,968 4,154 $98,618,668 4,105 5/2/08
5 Batman WB $251,188,924 2,201 $40,489,746 2,194 6/23/89
6 Men in Black Sony $250,690,539 3,180 $51,068,455 3,020 7/2/97
7 X-Men: The Last Stand Fox $234,362,462 3,714 $102,750,665 3,690 5/26/06
8 X2: X-Men United Fox $214,949,694 3,749 $85,558,731 3,741 5/2/03
9 300 WB $210,614,939 3,280 $70,885,301 3,103 3/9/07
10 Batman Begins WB $205,343,774 3,858 $48,745,440 3,858 6/15/05
11 Superman Returns WB $200,081,192 4,065 $52,535,096 4,065 6/28/06
12 Men in Black II Sony $190,418,803 3,641 $52,148,751 3,557 7/3/02
13 Batman Forever WB $184,031,112 2,893 $52,784,433 2,842 6/16/95
14 Batman Returns WB $162,831,698 2,644 $45,687,711 2,644 6/19/92
15 The Dark Knight WB $158,411,483 4,366 $158,411,483 4,366 7/18/08
16 X-Men Fox $157,299,717 3,112 $54,471,475 3,025 7/14/00
17 Fantastic Four Fox $154,696,080 3,619 $56,061,504 3,602 7/8/05
18 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NL $135,265,915 2,377 $25,398,367 2,006 3/30/90
19 Superman WB $134,218,018 817 $7,465,343 508 12/15/78
20 Hulk Uni. $132,177,234 3,674 $62,128,420 3,660 6/20/03
21 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Fox $131,921,738 3,963 $58,051,684 3,959 6/15/07
22 The Incredible Hulk Uni. $131,767,165 3,508 $55,414,050 3,505 6/13/08
23 Wanted Uni. $123,322,635 3,185 $50,927,085 3,175 6/27/08
24 The Mask NL $119,938,730 2,516 $23,117,068 2,360 7/29/94
25 Ghost Rider Sony $115,802,596 3,620 $45,388,836 3,619 2/16/07
26 Superman II WB $108,185,706 1,878 $14,100,523 1,397 6/19/81
27 Batman and Robin WB $107,325,195 2,942 $42,872,605 2,934 6/20/97
28 Road to Perdition DW $104,454,762 2,332 $22,079,481 1,797 7/12/02
29 Dick Tracy BV $103,738,726 2,332 $22,543,911 2,332 6/15/90
30 Daredevil Fox $102,543,518 3,474 $40,310,419 3,471 2/14/03
31 Casper Uni. $100,328,194 2,757 $16,840,385 2,714 5/26/95

source: Box Office Mojo

Oh man, even Casper made over a hundred mil!

The incredible success of these superhero films has created a cottage industry among collectors of superhero stuff. There are many fans that have become rabid collectors of superhero statues and other superhero collectibles. I came across a site while researching this post, where you can get your hands on all manner of superhero statues and other superhero collectibles for pretty cheap. If you go there and like what you find, tell em Super Joe sent ya! The site is Comic Book Hero Statues.

Namaste

Joe – Peace and Serenity through Prosperity

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