How much money do the Spider-Man movies make at the box office? What is the highest grossing Spider-Man film?
In this post I am taking a look at the box office returns of the Spider-Man movie series, to determine how successful the Spider-Man series is. I will be highlighting each film’s production budget, alongside its worldwide gross, to see which films were hits and which (if any) struggled to recoup their costs.
Which Spider-Man movies were box office hits?
Below is a list of the theatrically released Spider-Man movies. I have included all of the Spider-Man movies that have been released at the cinema, with the exception of those where box office information is not available.
The movies not included in this list are the Spidey films from the 1970s – Spider-Man (1977), Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978), Supaidāman (1978) and Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge (1979) – and the Lego Spider-Man ‘short’ movies.
For each film listed below I have included information about the production budget, as well as the box office gross. These figures do not include the marketing costs, as those figures have not been made public.
OK, let’s get started…
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man had a production budget of $139 million and made a colossal $821,708,551 at the worldwide box office. Marketing costs aside, the movie was a massive hit for Sony Pictures and is the reason the studio continues to create sequels, spin-offs and reboots of the character.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2’s production budget was set at $200 million (an increase on its predecessor’s budget) and the film took $783,766,341 at the worldwide box office. The movie was a hit, but it didn’t make quite as much back as Spider-Man.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man 3 was given a production budget of $258 million (the production costs continue to increase), and the movie made $890,871,626 worldwide. The film took more money than Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, but when production costs were deducted Spider-Man still retained the box office crown from this initial trilogy of films.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Following three Spider-Man movies under Sam Raimi’s watch, Marc Webb rebooted the series with The Amazing Spider-Man. The film was given a budget of $230 million and it made $757,930,663 worldwide. This was a drop from Spider-Man 3’s total, but it was still a profitable movie.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Reports on the budget for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 vary, with a figure somewhere between $200 million and $290 million. In terms of its box office returns, the movie made $708,982,323. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was profitable, but the series was on a financial decline.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The next time Spider-Man appeared on the big screen was via a small supporting role in Captain America: Civil War. The film was a Marvel Studios production, with Spider-Man on loan to Marvel.
Captain America: Civil War was given a budget of $250 million and the film grossed $1,153,296,293, making it the first (but not last) time that Spider-Man would appear in a movie that took over a billion dollars.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Back to solo Spidey movies and this one was a co-production between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. Spider-Man: Homecoming was budgeted at $175 million and made $880,166,924.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Another Marvel Studios production and this one was a huge film for Marvel. Spider-Man was given a supporting role, but he had a considerable amount to do in the movie. The budget was reported as being somewhere between $316 million and $400 million, but the picture went on to make $2,048,359,754.
Spider-Man took a step back for this one, as it was purely a Venom movie (there was no reference to Spidey). The film was given a budget of $100 million and made a whopping $856,085,151, proving to Sony Pictures that there was plenty of life in non-Spider-Man-centric movies.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
An animated feature about various Spider-Men and Spider-Women. The movie was budgeted at $90 million, grossed $375,540,831 and picked up an Academy Award in the process. Not too shabby!
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Spider-Man took another guest spot (a pretty small one to be honest), but it was in a huge movie from Marvel Studios. Shot back-to-back with Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame was given a budget of $356 million and it went on to take $2,797,800,564, earning it the title of the highest grossing film of all-time.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Following his guest spot in Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man returned to a solo story and it was a very successful one. Spider-Man: Far From Home was given a budget of $160 million and it made $1,131,831,806.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
Before Spider-Man returned to the big screen, it was time for Eddie Brock to put in another appearance, in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The movie was released during the Covid-19 pandemic, which dented its box office takings, however it still managed to pull in $506,863,592 worldwide.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Hot on the heels of Venom: Let There Be Carnage was yet another Tom Holland Spider-Man movie. This film featured an appearance from Doctor Strange, and included a number of characters from previous Spidey movies too.
Spider-Man: No Way Home was a huge success, both critically and commercially, when it was released in December 2021. The movie took a whopping $1,901,210,881 at the worldwide box office.
The next film to be released was the vampire movie, Morbius. This stand alone movie was based on a Spider-Man-related character, but the film did not feature Spider-Man.
Upon release, Morbius was met with poor reviews from critics and it struggled at the box office. The movie grossed $163,793,072.
(Source: Box Office Mojo)
What is the highest grossing Spider-Man movie?
To date, the highest grossing Spider-Man movie is Avengers: Endgame. However, as Spider-Man only has a small role in this movie, the highest grossing standalone Spidey movie is Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The least successful Spider-Man movies are The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. However, it should be made clear that both of these movies were financial hits – they just didn’t make as much money as their peers.
Meanwhile, the Spider-Man spin-off movie which really struggled was Morbius. However, this movie suffered from being moved around the schedules at least seven times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this did impact its box office results.
So, what does this information tell us?
It tells us that the Spider-Man movie series is hugely successful. Not only has Spider-Man proved to be a huge box office draw as a solo crime-fighter, but he has also appeared in some of the most financially successful films of all time!
Not every Spider-Man movie is as successful as the next, but all of them have made back their budget and then some. Put simply: Spider-Man is a bankable star.