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The Most Successful Live-Action Superhero Movies of 2022 According to the Box Office

Welcome to another episode of Box Office Rankings. This is a series where we explore different franchises within the superhero/comics world and see who comes out on top regarding the thing that matters the most — money.

We use Box Office Mojo for the data which is proven to be the most accurate source of numbers gained at the box office.

6. Morbius (Sony)

  • $167,460,961

Morbius had a horrific start. The film edged just over $167m and had a budget estimated between $75-83m. The movie was plagued with issues from the start, especially when the critics’ reviews came in. The film as it stands is sitting on a 16% tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s very unlikely we’re going to see a sequel any time soon and to be honest, this film should’ve never gone ahead in the first place. There are so many other projects Sony could’ve done first.

5. Black Adam (DC)

  • $393,252,111

It’s a shame this movie has been hit the way it has. There’s no denying on our part that Black Adam was one of, if not, the best DCEU film on the roster. This wasn’t just down to Dwayne Johnson’s excellent performance as Black Adam. It was down to the supporting cast. Pierce Brosnan and Aldis Hodge made the film infinitely better. Obviously, bringing Henry Cavill back in the post-credit scene and then dropping him hasn’t helped the film’s case since. It’s unlikely we’re going to see The Rock back in DC any time soon.

4. Thor: Love and Thunder (Marvel)

  • $760,928,081

Jesus Christ, this film was just shit. I’m sorry. It just was. When you go from Ragnarok to this, it’s unbelievable how they could get it so wrong. The movie was plagued with unnecessary poor jokes in almost every single scene, even at times being timed so wrong. After everything that’s happened in the MCU, the film needed a more serious tone and it was just a letdown. The film did well at the box office, granted, but this doesn’t resonate with what the fans think of it.

3. The Batman (DC)

  • $770,945,583

A controversial opinion is incoming…


Robert Pattinson is the best live-action Batman. There. I said it. The Batman for me was just everything. When you watch the other Batman films as good as most of them are, they tend to skip so much that’s important. Matt Reeves did a great job in showing us a first-year Batman in full effect with a very interesting Riddler as the villain. There’s a lot to like about the film despite what people say. Pattinson delivered a masterpiece of a performance and I’m excited to see what else he brings to role in his future movies, especially since a sequel IS coming.

2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel)

  • $859,196,637

Wakanda Forever for me personally was one of the few films I was genuinely nervous for. When we sadly lost Chadwick Boseman, I had no idea how they could actually make this film good. Ryan Coogler did a fantastic job in ensuring that a good story was told and a story that would honor Boseman. When I left the theatres, all I wanted to do was watch it again. There was definitely someone cutting onions when the final scene paid tribute to Chadwick.

1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel)

  • $955,775,804

The number 1 on this list and I can put it down to one thing – the rumors. There was an actual weblink that showcased every single rumor of characters that could appear in the film and hardly any of them were true. Don’t get me wrong, this was a very good movie and I enjoyed it. I think people’s expectations were far too high for this especially coming off the back of Spider-Man: No Way Home. If you take that expectation away, then you have a solid film. It’s not the best in the MCU run but it’s far from the worst.

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Daniel Lewandowski

Founder, Director and co-owner of Only Comic Universe. Journalist specializing in the Arrowverse shows, and the MCU. Creator of the Only Comic Universe website.

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