Everyone loves a good movie, especially around the holidays when the weather can be cold and the workplace can be tense. Movies have always provided viewers with a way to temporarily slip into another world and experience adventures greater than they ever could have imagined.
Two movie organizations have dominated the box office for more than a decade when it comes to action-packed movies featuring some of our favorite actors such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt, and Gwyneth Paltrow: Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment.
Marvel Studios was founded 22 years ago in 1993 by a team from Marvel Entertainment. Marvel Studios itself is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios. By 1997, Marvel Studios was involved in some of the best films of this generation: X-Men (2000), Daredevil (2003), and Fantastic Four (2005). These movies helped pioneer the superhero and action genre during the early 2000s.
DC Entertainment has a legendary history. Beginning in 1935 as DC Comics, Inc., DC Comics has been an American comic book publishing company for almost 100 years. Warner Bros. is a parent company of DC Entertainment and is responsible for bringing to life some of America’s favorite comic book heroes such as Batman, Superman, and the famed Joker.
Box Office Results
Marvel Studios has had great success with most of its movies. In fact, The Avengers, which opened in May of 2012, remains Marvel Studios’ most successful movie of all time with an opening weekend box office total of above 2 million dollars and a total box office gross of approximately 6.4 million dollars. This is followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opened in May of 2015 and had just over a 100 million dollar opening weekend box office earning and a total box office gross of 400 million dollars. As is the case in the entertainment industry, not all projects are a success. Marvel’s lowest grossing move was the 2008 Punisher: War Zone which grossed a measly 8 million dollars at the box office.
DC Entertainment has yet to surpass Marvel Studios in greatest total gross for a single movie, but DC Entertainment is quite close. In July 2008, the legendary Dark Knight grossed 1.4 million dollars at the box office on opening weekend and soared to a final 500 million box office earning during its time in theaters. The highly anticipated sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, which opened in July 2012, snagged nearly 200 million dollars its first weekend at the box office and collected a total of 400 million dollars during its time in theaters. Just like Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment has not found success in all of its endeavors. In August 1997, Steel grossed barely one million dollars at the box office to take the title of DC Entertainment’s lowest grossing movie of all time.
Both Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment are responsible for bringing us some of the best movies of the last 20 years. With those movies come laughs, tears, and memories to which we owe both companies. Whether your favorite superhero is Spiderman or Batman, we can all agree that Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment know how to make an action-packed movie that will allow us all to feel like superheroes, if only for a couple of hours.