Everyone knows that these days, Marvel movies make a shed load of money at the worldwide box office. The films released by Marvel Studios are guaranteed earners, with the likes of Black Panther (2018), Captain Marvel (2019) and Avengers: Endgame (2019) doing exceptionally well.

But what about the Marvel movies NOT produced by Marvel Studios? More specifically, what about the X-Men movies that were produced by 20th Century Fox? How well did they do at the box office?

In this post I am taking a look at the box office grosses of the X-Men movie series, to determine the highest (and lowest) grossing entry in the series. To date, 13 X-Men movies have been released theatrically, but which is the most successful X-Men movie?

Before I answer that question, here is a quick reminder of all the movies that are in the series: X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Deadpool (2016), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Logan (2018), Deadpool 2 (2018), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) and The New Mutants (2020).

Image: ©20th Century/Disney/Marvel Entertainment
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The X-Men movies listed in order of their box office returns

Image: ©20th Century/Disney/Marvel Entertainment

Below is a list of the X-Men movies, listed in order of their success at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. The films are listed in reverse order, from the lowest performing X-Men movie to the highest performing movie.

Please note: The list does not include the 1996 X-Men TV movie, Generation X. This film (which most people forget about) is missing from the list as it was not released theatrically, and therefore did not receive any box office income.

  • 13) The New Mutants (2020) – $46,995,956
  • 12) X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) – $252,442,974
  • 11) X-Men (2000) – $296,339,528
  • 10) X-Men: First Class (2011) – $352,616,690
  • 09) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) – $373,062,864
  • 08) X2: X-Men United (2003) – $407,711,549
  • 07) The Wolverine (2013) – $414,828,246
  • 06) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – $460,435,291
  • 05) X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) – $543,934,105
  • 04) Logan (2018) – $619,179,950
  • 03) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – $746,045,700
  • 02) Deadpool (2016) – $782,836,791
  • 01) Deadpool 2 (2018) – $786,470,484
Image: ©20th Century/Disney/Marvel Entertainment

As you can see from the list above, financially the highest grossing X-Men movie is Deadpool 2, which took $786,470,484 at the worldwide box office back in 2018, followed closely by 2016’s Deadpool. Not bad going, considering the Deadpool movies are spin-off films, which feature only a few X-Men characters.

The least successful X-Men movie is The New Mutants, which made $46,995,956 at the worldwide box office in 2020. Again, this is a spin-off movie, but as you can see, there is a considerable difference in income between the highest and lowest grossing entries in the franchise and this low earner.

So, why did The New Mutants perform so badly? There are multiple reasons for The New Mutants’ underperformance at the box office, including backstage issues surrounding its release which delayed the movie’s debut by years. The film also opened in summer 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many cinemas around the world were closed and few audiences wanted to (or were able to) venture outside.

The New Mutants was the last X-Men movie to be produced under 20th Century Fox. Moving forward, all future X-Men movies will be produced through Disney/Marvel Studios.

And now you know.

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If you’re a fan of the X-Men movies (and who isn’t?), or you’re just getting into the X-Men, then you may wish to know that a book has recently been published, which focuses on the popular X-Men cartoon from the 1990s.  

X-Men: The Art of Making of The Animated Series takes an in-depth look at the cartoon, through various interviews with the team behind the series. The book also includes a wealth of artwork, including stills, cels, production art and merchandising.

X-Men: The Art of Making of The Animated Series is available from all good book stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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