I believe I've mentioned the actual numbers before, but they bear repeating. From the Internet Movie Database's list of the highest grossing movies of all time: (Domestic gross ticket receipts in millions of US dollars) 2. $461M - Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) 4. $431M - The Phantom Menace (1999) 9. $309M - Return of the Jedi (1983) 13. $290M - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 19. $251M - Batman (1989) 20. $250M - Men in Black (1997) 47. $184M - Batman Forever (1995) 76. $163M - Batman Returns (1992) 82. $157M - X-Men (2000) (Further down in the list, you find the Superman movies, Batman & Robin, Blade, etc. And I include Men in Black because it was originally a comic book, though the fact was not nearly as apparent as, say, Batman or X-Men.) (And it may surprise X-Men fans to know their movie didn't even break the top 75. Remember, though, it was a RELATIVE success. It was considered to have done extraordinarily well only because people thought it wasn't going to make much money at all.) My point is, revenue-wise, the Star Wars films are at a level that NO comic book film has EVER reached. Will Spider-Man reach that level AND surpass Attack of the Clones? Considering The Phantom Menace over $400 million despite its lukewarm reception, I'd say, NOT A CHANCE. Spider-man is cool and all, but it has quite a few things going against it: 1. It's not the greatest comic book icon (that would be Superman). 2. It's not the most popular single character (that would be my personal favorite, Batman). 3. It's not the best selling comic book (that would be X-Men and its related titles). 4. It doesn't have the high-profile PERFECT casting - certainly not at the level of Jack Nicholson's Joker or Patrick Stewart's Xavier. 5. Between the shiny metallic Green Goblin and the fact that the Spider-man costume covers the ENTIRE body (including the all-important eyes), it may be difficult for the action scenes to be emotionally compelling or even look real. 6. It's rated PG-13. That fact doesn't curse all movies (Titanic, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings), but it makes the film's job THAT much harder. Beyond all that, Attack of the Clones appears to be AT LEAST as good as The Phantom Menace, perhaps much, much better. (I personally really liked TPM, but even I admit that there's a lot of room to improve.) Spider-Man will be lucky to make $200 million; Attack of the Clones will probably make at least TWICE AS MUCH. It won't even be close.