But individual comic books didn't need to pull in $300-400 million just to break even. We're soon going to have half a dozen big budget comic book films (or maybe more?) every year in additional to various TV series connected to those films. I don't know how much longer we can go until we get some high profile failures on the level of The Lone Ranger.
Steven Spielberg predicts we'll be seeing lots of failures soon
Steven Spielberg on Wednesday predicted an "implosion" in the film industry is inevitable, whereby a half dozen or so $250 million movies flop at the box office and alter the industry forever. What comes next -- or even before then -- will be price variances at movie theaters, where "you're gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln." He also said that Lincoln came "this close" to being an HBO movie instead of a theatrical release.
People paying 25 dollars for an Iron Man movie and other movies going on HBO or even streaming options