After the smashing box-office debut of “The Avengers,” its continued popularity prompted Disney to green-light a sequel just two weeks after its release. The superhero contest — at least at the box office — continues to up the ante with new installments of comic-book adaptations for the big screen, as well as adding new franchises to the mix.
In 2011, “Thor,” “Captain America,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “The Green Hornet” and “Green Lantern” hit theaters. The sequels “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and “X-Men: First Class” expanded their respective franchises — and their box-office gross receipts.
With more sequels coming out, the race is hardly over. Among them: “MIB 3,” released on Memorial Day weekend; “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises” coming in July; and “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel,” “The Wolverine,” “Thor 2” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in 2013.
Following are the top 10 comic book movie franchises of all time, with data compiled by BoxOfficeMojo.com. All totals are based on domestic sales and are adjusted to 2012 dollars, based on inflation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By Bruno J. Navarro, updated by Joseph O'Dell and Jill Weinberger
Updated 29 May 2012