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Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends 

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Updated April 29, 2019 5.1k views 52 items

List Rules Superhero films with the biggest (top-grossing) opening weekends since 2000—animated films excluded.

When it comes to opening weekends at the box office, superhero movies are no strangers to big numbers and full-on sellouts. From The Avengers to The Dark Knight, there's a load of superhero films coming out each year, and one always seems to top the last. However, plenty of these films and their domestic opening-weekend sales stand the test of time and remain some of the top-grossing movies

Whether it's a sequel, prequel, or the first of its kind, these action-packed superhero flicks constantly break records and completely "bust the block". In other words, films like Black Panther and Batman typically gross some seriously high ticket sales—regardless of how they end up performing later. But which films had the biggest opening weekends of them all? Check out the list below for the highest-grossing superhero films since the year 2000—during their opening weekend, of course.

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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2019

Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, + more

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Opening weekend gross: $356 million

All-time worldwide gross (opening weekend): $1.222 billion

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Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2018

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, + more

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Opening weekend gross: $258.2 million

All-time worldwide gross: $2.048 billion

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2012

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, + more

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Opening weekend gross: $207.4 million

All-time worldwide gross: $1.5 billion

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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2018

Actors: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, + more

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Opening weekend gross: $202 million

All-time worldwide gross: $1.3 billion

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The Avengers: Age of Ult... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2015

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, + more

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Opening weekend gross: $191.2 million

All-time worldwide gross: $1.4 billion

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Captain America: Civil W... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends

Actors: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, + more

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Opening weekend gross: $179.1 million

All-time worldwide gross: $1.1 billion

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2013

Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, + more

Directed by: Shane Black

Opening weekend gross: $174.1 million

All-time worldwide gross: $1.2 billion

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Batman v Superman: Dawn ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2016

Actors: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, + more

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Opening weekend gross: $166 million

All-time worldwide gross: $873.6 million

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2012

Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, + more

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Opening weekend gross: $160.8 million

All-time worldwide gross: $1 billion

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2008

Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, + more

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Opening weekend gross: $158.4 million

All-time worldwide gross: $1 billion

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Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2007

Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, + more

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Opening weekend gross: $151.1 million

All-time worldwide gross: $890.9 million

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2017

Actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, + more

Directed by: James Gunn

Opening weekend gross: $146.6 million

All-time worldwide gross: $863.8 million

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Suicide Squad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2016

Actors: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, + more

Directed by: David Ayer

Opening weekend gross: $133.7 million

All-time worldwide gross: $746.8 million

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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2016

Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, + more

Directed by: Tim MIller

Opening weekend gross: $132.4 million

All-time worldwide gross: $783.1 million

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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2010

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, + more

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Opening weekend gross: $128 million

All-time worldwide gross: $623.9 million

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Deadpool 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2018

Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, + more

Directed by: David Leitch

Opening weekend gross: $125.5 million

All-time worldwide gross: $655.3 million

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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2017

Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, + more

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Opening weekend gross: $122.7 million

All-time worldwide gross: $854 million

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Spider-Man: Homecoming ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2017

Actors: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, + more

Directed by: Jon Watts

Opening weekend gross: $117 million

All-time worldwide gross: $880.2 million

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2013

Actors: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, + more

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Opening weekend gross: $116.6 million

All-time worldwide gross: $668 million

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2002

Actors: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, + more

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Opening weekend gross: $114.8 million

All-time worldwide gross: $821.7 million

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2017

Actors: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, + more

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Opening weekend gross: $103.3 million

All-time worldwide gross: $821.8 million

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X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2006

Actors: Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Kelsey Grammer, + more

Directed by: Brett Ratner

Opening weekend gross: $102.8 million

All-time worldwide gross: $459.4 million

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2008

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow, + more

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Opening weekend gross: $98.6 million

All-time worldwide gross: $585.2 million

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Captain America: The Win... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2014

Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Olsen, + more

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Opening weekend gross: $95 million

All-time worldwide gross: $714.3 million

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Superhero Movies Ranked By Biggest Opening Weekends
2014

Actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper, + more

Directed by: James Gunn

Opening weekend gross: $94.3 million

All-time worldwide gross: $773.3 million

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