(Also, this is simply a projection based on previous years)
Warner Bros’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was a box office smash during its first ten days of release (opening November 17) and even more impressive considering that it was made for less than $100 million. The movie took in $2.3 billion worldwide in only ten weeks. In 2017, DC’s ‘Batman v Superman’ is set to open with an estimated $600 million, and at that number, a film like ‘The Last Jedi’ (the one expected to be released next year) would only come in around $700 million. Since we’re being accurate, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ should open around $700 million in 2018, and just under $800 million when all is said and done. Warner Bros is expected to take in $17 billion over the five-year lifetime of its ‘Star Wars’ movies. At this rate, by 2040, a future ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ or ‘Justice League’ movie, which is already slated to open in 2019, would come in around $11 billion. The average cost of a “Star Wars” movie these days sits around $5.6 billion. By 2048, DC’s ‘Legion of Leia’ or ‘Legion of Superman’ may end up with an estimated budget of $25+ billion.
By 2045, DC’s ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Justice League’ have become the biggest blockbuster movies of all time:
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” - $6.5 billion “Justice League” - $11.2 billion
“…Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is the only comic book movie in history which has set domestic box office receipts from when it opened in June 2015 through this year. As you can see, it’s currently expected to take in $1.05 billion in domestic grosses in 2016. Of course, that box office total would likely balloon substantially with foreign grosses. If you include the international grosses for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Justice League’, the current domestic total stands at about $6.5 billion, which means that both of these movies are set to gross about three-fourths of a billion in 2016. Of course, because these movies were released during the high-tech bubble of the 70s and 80s, comic book movies are still relatively cheap compared to the budget typically to produced traditional Hollywood movies. In fact, ‘Justice League’ currently ranks as the second lowest-budget Marvel Studios film. For more on how this works, check out my article on how big-budget Hollywood movies work . The only problem is that it’s much harder to get a big-budget movie made in 2017 than it was in 2006. But that doesn’t mean filmmakers still won’t try. As I’ve previously pointed out in my ‘A Tale Of Two Bands’ series of posts , the last decade has been a time of unprecedented technological leaps and a general renaissance of comic book films. The world has finally taken off financially, and it’s now easier than ever to make a financially successful superhero movie. By 2022, the two largest studios in the world are expected to have made 17,000 superhero films combined. However, if all these movies break even domestically, it’s pretty likely that most of them fail to break even.