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Box Office History for Superman Movies

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Release DateMovieProduction
Box Office
Box Office
Dec 15, 1978 Superman $55,000,000 $7,465,343 $134,218,018 $300,200,000  
Jun 19, 1981 Superman II $54,000,000 $14,100,522 $108,185,706 $108,185,706  
Jun 17, 1983 Superman III $39,000,000 $13,352,357 $59,950,623 $59,950,623  
Jul 24, 1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace $17,000,000 $5,683,122 $11,227,824 $11,227,824  
Jun 28, 2006 Superman Returns $232,000,000 $52,535,096 $200,120,000 $374,085,065  
Feb 26, 2008 Justice League - The New Frontier     $0 $0  
Jun 14, 2013 Man of Steel $225,000,000 $116,619,362 $291,045,518 $667,999,518 Play
Mar 25, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $250,000,000 $166,007,347 $330,360,194 $868,160,194 Play
 Totals$872,000,000 $1,135,107,883$2,389,808,930 
Release DateMovieDomestic
DVD Sales
Blu-ray Sales
Total Domestic
Video Sales
Nov 28, 2006 Superman Returns $85,822,703   $85,822,703
Feb 26, 2008 Justice League - The New Frontier $6,087,407   $6,087,407
Nov 12, 2013 Man of Steel $43,764,336 $68,274,886 $112,039,222
Jun 28, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $21,826,915 $55,711,518 $77,538,433

Our DVD and Blu-ray sales estimates are based on weekly retail surveys, which we use to build a weekly market share estimate for each title we are tracking. The market share is converted into a weekly sales estimate based on industry reports on the overall size of the market, including reports published in Home Media Magazine.

For example, if our weekly retail survey estimates that a particular title sold 1% of all units that week, and the industry reports sales of 1,500,000 units in total, we will estimate 15,000 units were sold of that title. The consumer spending estimate is based on the average sales price for the title in the retailers we survey.

We refine our estimates from week to week as more data becomes available. In particular, we adjust weekly sales figures for the quarter once the total market estimates are published by the Digital Entertainment Group. Figures will therefore fluctuate each week, and totals for individual titles can go up or down as we update our estimates.

Because sales figures are estimated based on sampling, they will be more accurate for higher-selling titles.

Weekend Predictions: Logan is set to Skewer the Competition

March 2nd, 2017


The first weekend of March has three wide releases, but the one everyone is talking about is Logan. It should become the biggest hit of the year so far. The other two releases are The Shack, a faith-based film, and Before I Fall, which is essentially Groundhog Day set in high school. Neither film is expected to compete for top spot. In fact, it would be a surprise if both landed in the top five. As far as holdovers are concerned, only Get Out has a shot at $20 million, while only The Lego Batman Movie will earn more than $10 million. This weekend last year, Zootopia led the way with just over $75 million, while the other two new releases earned less than $30 million combined. 2017 will be bigger on top, won’t have as strong new releases overall, but should have about the same depth. More...

2016 Preview: March

March 1st, 2016


It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.

As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Monsters School Zombies?

June 20th, 2013

There are two potential monster hits opening this weekend: Monsters University and World War Z. Not only should both of those films score with moviegoers, but Man of Steel's sophomore stint should be strong as well resulting in a powerful weekend box office. This weekend last year was led by Brave with $66.32 million, a figure Monsters University should top. Meanwhile this year has a lot more depth at the box office than last year did, so 2013 should earn a victory in the year-over-year comparison. This is great news, because 2013 is still far behind 2012. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Superman is Truly Super

June 17th, 2013

It was a very good week at the box office with Man of Steel breaking the record for biggest June weekend topping Toy Story 3 by more than $6 million. Nearly every film in the top five matched or beat expectations, which helped the overall box office reach $204 million. This was 37% higher than last weekend and 57% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2013 is still behind 2012, but is has closed the gap to $150 million, or 3.1%, at $4.56 billion to $4.71 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Man of Steel Posts Biggest June Weekend

June 16th, 2013

2013 has been a nervous time for Warner Bros.. After six straight years as the number one or number two domestic distributor, the studio's main franchise breadwinners, Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Hangover are all coming to an end or already played out. They are running in third place for the year to date, and badly need a new money spinner if they are to avoid lean times in 2015 and beyond. This weekend they got their knight in shining armor, or, more accurately, Man of Steel. The reboot of the venerable Superman franchise will open this weekend with $113.08 million, a new record weekend in June and a huge shot in the arm for the studio. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Latest Superman Flick Live Up to Its Name?

June 13th, 2013

This week one of the biggest movies of the summer is coming out. Man of Steel is the latest film in the longest running super hero franchises of all time. Granted, Superman hasn't always been overly popular with moviegoers or critics, but it should still sell lots of tickets. This is the End is the counter-programming for the week, and it has a lot of popular actors and the reviews are strong, but it opened on Wednesday, so its weekend numbers will be softer as a result. Last year the box office was led by Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus, both of which were in their second weekend of release. The new releases were Rock of Ages and That's My Boy, both of which bombed. I foresee a victory in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2013 Preview: June

June 2nd, 2013

May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead. More...

Note: This list contains actors who appeared in at least two movies in the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Box Office
Box Office
Christopher Reeve 4 Superman $479,564,153 $626,093,313 76.6%
Jackie Cooper 4 Perry White $479,564,153 $485,276,129 98.8%
Margot Kidder 4 Lois Lane $479,564,153 $842,741,984 56.9%
Marc McClure 4 Jimmy Olsen $479,564,153 $2,471,778,810 19.4%
Henry Cavill 2 Clark Kent/Kal-El $1,536,159,712 $2,806,037,007 54.7%
Amy Adams 2 Lois Lane $1,536,159,712 $4,956,970,967 31.0%
Ned Beatty 2 Otis $408,385,706 $2,676,602,774 15.3%
Diane Lane 2 Martha Kent $1,536,159,712 $4,496,714,255 34.2%
Terence Stamp 2 General Zod $408,385,706 $3,460,931,828 11.8%
Laurence Fishburne 2 Perry White $1,536,159,712 $6,241,928,554 24.6%
Gene Hackman 2 Lex Luthor $119,413,530 $2,807,070,100 4.3%
Valerie Perrine 2 Eve Teschmacher $408,385,706 $1,043,643,629 39.1%
Susannah York 2 Lara $408,385,706 $499,650,818 81.7%
Michael Shannon 2 General Zod $1,536,159,712 $3,823,327,554 40.2%
Harry Lennix 2 General Swanwick $1,536,159,712 $1,627,666,106 94.4%
Rebecca Buller 2 Jenny $1,536,159,712 $1,536,159,712 100.0%
Christina Wren 2 Major Carrie Farris $1,536,159,712 $1,536,159,712 100.0%
John Ratzenberger 2 Controller $408,385,706 $14,921,048,350 2.7%
Aaron Smolinski 2 Baby Clark Kent $968,199,518 $968,199,518 100.0%
Kevin Costner 2 Jonathan Kent $1,536,159,712 $4,895,895,485 31.4%
Chad Krowchuk 2 Glen Woodburn $1,536,159,712 $2,086,241,325 73.6%
Coburn Goss 2 Father Leone $1,536,159,712 $1,536,159,712 100.0%
Carla Gugino 2 Voice of Kelor $1,536,159,712 $4,802,025,543 32.0%
Joseph Cranford 2 Pere Ross $1,536,159,712 $1,536,159,712 100.0%

Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least two movies in the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Technical RoleFranchise
Box Office
Box Office
Jerry Siegel 4 Character Creator (4) $2,210,444,777 $2,521,299,223 87.7%
Joe Shuster 4 Character Creator (4) $2,210,444,777 $2,521,299,223 87.7%
Zack Snyder 2 Director (2) $1,536,159,712 $5,064,622,837 30.3%
Richard Donner 2 Director (2) $408,385,706 $2,646,591,515 15.4%
Chris Corbould 2 Special Effects (2) $168,136,329 $14,714,759,389 1.1%
Charles Roven 2 Producer (2) $1,536,159,712 $8,053,365,343 19.1%
Deborah Snyder 2 Producer (2) $1,536,159,712 $4,961,169,962 31.0%
Emma Thomas 2 Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$1,536,159,712 $6,342,249,238 24.2%
Christopher Nolan 2 Story Creator (1)
Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$1,536,159,712 $6,342,541,591 24.2%
Thomas Tull 2 Executive Producer (2) $1,042,084,583 $13,248,714,676 7.9%
David S. Goyer 2 Screenwriter (2)
Story Creator (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$1,536,159,712 $5,158,873,185 29.8%
Jon Peters 2 Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$1,042,084,583 $2,660,996,496 39.2%
Wesley Coller 2 Co-Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$1,536,159,712 $4,075,353,191 37.7%
David Brenner 2 Editor (2) $1,536,159,712 $6,758,256,512 22.7%
Michael Wilkinson 2 Costume Designer (2) $1,536,159,712 $5,574,293,906 27.6%
Hans Zimmer 2 Composer (2) $1,536,159,712 $29,976,079,842 5.1%
John 'DJ' DesJardin 2 Visual Effects Supervisor (2) $1,536,159,712 $2,154,346,968 71.3%
Lora Kennedy 2 Casting Director (2) $1,536,159,712 $3,578,130,010 42.9%
Kristy Carlson 2 Casting Director (2) $1,536,159,712 $3,200,682,536 48.0%
Jim Rowe 2 Unit Production Manager (2)
Co-Producer (1)
$1,536,159,712 $2,983,200,852 51.5%
Gregor Wilson 2 Unit Production Manager (2)
Co-Producer (1)
$1,536,159,712 $1,649,562,014 93.1%
Bruce G. Moriarty 2 First Assistant Director (2) $1,536,159,712 $1,569,607,324 97.9%
Curt Kanemoto 2 Associate Producer (1)
Co-Producer (1)
$1,536,159,712 $2,192,113,158 70.1%
Misha Bukowski 2 Second Assistant Director (2) $1,536,159,712 $2,065,235,781 74.4%
Josh R. Jaggars 2 Visual Effects Producer (2) $1,536,159,712 $1,536,159,712 100.0%
Damon Caro 2 Second Unit Director (2)
Stunt Coordinator (2)
$1,536,159,712 $3,329,641,356 46.1%
Scott Hecker 2 Sound Designer (2)
Sound Supervisor (1)
$1,536,159,712 $3,806,695,880 40.4%
Chris Jenkins 2 Re-recording Mixer (2) $1,536,159,712 $9,306,611,944 16.5%
Andrea Wertheim 2 Post-Production Supervisor (2)
Associate Producer (1)
$1,536,159,712 $1,631,984,837 94.1%
Carlos Castillon 2 Assistant Director (1)
Assistant Editor (1)
$1,536,159,712 $1,536,159,712 100.0%
Robert Johnson 2 Set Designer (2) $1,242,245,259 $1,509,096,727 82.3%
Michael McGee 2 Sound Mixer (2) $1,536,159,712 $4,200,957,324 36.6%