Now that the much anticipated Captain America: Civil War is out, it got me thinking about what will eventually go down as the best comic book movie trilogy of all time. For the longest time, the Nolan Batman trilogy has pretty much been the undisputed heavy weight champion of the world when it comes to this idea, but now, we truly have a contender to the belt (and a soon to be third possible contender when we get to see X-Men Apocalypse later this month). Now that we have finally seen the full realisation of the Captain America trilogy we can really get into a full comparison of the two. Lets look at the numbers first:
Batman Begins: 48 Million opening weekend (US) and a 374 Million worldwide total earning.
The Dark Knight: 158 Million opening weekend (US) and 1 Billion worldwide total earning.
The Dark Knight Rises: 160 Million opening weekend (US) and 1.1 Billion worldwide total earning.
That gives the Batman trilogy a total of 2.4 Billion earned, with an average opening weekend total of 122 Million.
Captain America The first Avenger: 65 Million opening weekend (US) and 370 Million worldwide total earning.
Captain America The Winter Soldier: 95 Million opening weekend (US) and 714 Million worldwide total earning.
Captain America Civil War: 179 Million opening weekend (US) and currently 767 Million worldwide at current date.
That gives the Captain America trilogy a total of 1.8 Billion currently, with Civil War still having a substantial run in cinemas to complete, and an average opening weekend total of 113 Million.
The movies are pretty close when it comes to dollars, and I fully expect that by the time Civil War is done its cinematic run, the total numbers I referenced above will be much, much closer. Another way we can look at these movies is to compare their relative ratings, and I’ve decided to use what I think most people use and respect as an good rating standard, in there Rottentomatoes scores.
Batman Captain America
Batman Begins: 85% The First Avenger: 80%
The Dark Knight: 94% The Winter Soldier: 89%
The Dark Knight Rises: 87% Civil War: 90%currently
That gives the Batman trilogy an average rating of 89% and the Captain America movies at 86% (baring a big jump in the current rating for Civil War).
So now that you’ve seen all the numbers and stats, do you think the Batman Trilogy still reigns supreme, or has the usurper Captain America taken over?