Taking A Closer Look At The Worldwide And Domestic Totals For MCU Films - Ranked In Order Of Box Office

Marvel Studios has delivered fantastic experiences to fans over the past decade and they have made a pretty penny doing so! Here's a breakdown of exactly how many pretty pennies they've made, and how.

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This year is gearing up to be the most exciting yet for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as they have three big movies on their release schedule and they all look to be phenomenal hits for different reasons. 

Captain Marvel  releases in two weeks, which is the first female-led film from Marvel Studios. Meanwile, Spider-Man: Far From Home, the sequel to the second Tom Holland vehicle in the series, is launching this summer with the long-awaited debut of Mysterio, adding the talented Jake Gyllenhaal into the MCU. And, of course, in two months Avengers: Endgame arrives and will put an end to the first ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Looking ahead at this line-up, it's obvious that Marvel and Disney will be lining their pockets again in 2019 with three successful films on their hands. While it is true that Sony gets the profits from the Spidey movies, they are technically a part of the greater MCU, unlike Venom and Morbius (for now).

Beyond that, there will be no shortage of characters for Kevin Feige and Co. to cash in on while adapting them for the big screen, with titles like Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Doctor Strange 2, Spider-Man 3 - not to mention the characters reclaimed in the FOX deal - on the horizon.

So, what is there to do when one can't look forward? Well, look back of course! Thanks to Time Magazine, we have the Box Office reports for all 20 MCU titles so far, detailing both Domestic and Worldwide numbers. 

20. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Worldwide: $263,427,551 / Domestic: $134,806,913

19.Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Worldwide: $370,569,774 / Domestic: 176,654,505

18.Thor (2010)
Worldwide: $449,326,618 / Domestic: $181,030,624

17.Ant-Man (2015)
Worldwide: $519,311,965 / Domestic: $180,202,163

16.Iron Man (2008)
Worldwide: $585,174,222 / Domestic: $318,412,101

As you can see above, the low end of this list consists entirely of origin stories, with Ant-Man being the only title to be released after The Avengers. It is a bit odd that both Iron Man and Ant-Man are neck and neck Worldwide while their earnings report a difference of over $230,000 Domestically. Do people overseas have more love for Ant-Man, or do people in America simply love Tony Stark? 

15.Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)
Worldwide: $622,674,139 / Domestic: $216,648,740

14.Iron Man 2 (2010)
Worldwide: $623,933,331 / Domestic: $312,433,331

13.Thor 2 (2013)
Worldwide: $644,571,402 / Domestic: $206,362,140

12:Doctor Strange (2016)
Worldwide: $677,718,395 / Domestic: $232,641,920

11.Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Worldwide: $714,264,267 / Domestic: $259,766,572


Another very interesting case here. While Iron Man 2 earned the most noney Domestically by nearly six figures, it comes neck and neck Worldwide with - guess what - Ant-Man & the Wasp. In addition to that, it is much lower than the other movies' global totals, meaning those films have a greater appeal overseas.

10.Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Worldwide: $773,328,629 / Domestic: $333,176,6000
9.Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Worldwide: $853,977,126 / Domestic: $315,058,289

8.Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Worldwide: $863,756,051 / Domestic $389,813,103

7.Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Worldwide: $880,166,924 / Domestic $334,201,140

6.Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Worldwide: $1,153,304,495 / Domestic: $408,084,349


It is now clear that each of the Thor films do much better overseas than domestically. Also, the number six spot on this list is the first film on it to break a billion dollars, and that's Captain America: Civil War. Apparently, bringing Iron Man and Captain America together was well worth the effort.

5.Iron Man 3 (2013)
Worldwide: $1,214,811,252 / Domestic: $409,013,994

4.Black Panther (2018)
Worldwide: $1,346,913,161 / Domestic: $700,059,566

3.Age Of Ultron (2015)
Worldwide: $1,405,403,694 / Domestic: $459,005,868

2.Avengers (2012)
Worldwide: $1,518,812,988 / Domestic: $623,357,910

1.Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Worldwide: $2,048,359,754 / Domestic: $678,815,482


What other movie could be number one, but the only one to crack two billion dollars Worldwide: Avengers: Infinity War.  The question is, will Avengers: Endgame be able to dethrone it? 

It's also worth noting here that while Black Panther was only number four on this list, the film is number one when it comes to Domestic numbers, as it is the only MCU film that has been able to break $700,000,000 so far at the Domestic Box Office.


What's your take on these numbers? Does Iron Man simply get no love overseas because he's a weapons dealer and seen as a villain? Does Thor appeal more to people outside of the US for some reason? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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