Movies that could break Endgame’s box office record

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If a single superhero can take down Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it’s Batman. Arguably the most popular costumed vigilante on the big screen, Batman’s combined domestic gross is $2.4 billion. If we adjust that for inflation, given most Batman movies came out more than 10 years ago, it’s $3.5 billion. This is also the only franchise to break the opening weekend record four times, although no Batman movie has been the highest-grossing film ever, domestically or worldwide. 

The biggest hit in the franchise, The Dark Knight, made $533 million domestically, placing it second behind Titanic in North America in 2008 (its rank has since fallen out of the top ten). Dark Knight’s worldwide take, however, barely makes the top 50 at just over $1 billion. After The Dark Knight Rises, Batman has been in a dry spell, but The Batman hopes to change that when it opens on June 25, 2021. Its connection to the DCEU is unclear, but it promises to be a complete reboot — and the last reboot in the series, Batman Begins, performed well, setting the stage for the record-breaking Dark Knight. There’s been fan backlash against Robert Pattinson’s casting in the title role, but fans protested Michael Keaton’s casting too.

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