“Captain America: Civil War” pulled in an impressive $25 million at the domestic box office on Thursday night. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this more than doubles “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” Thursday night earnings ($10.2m), but didn’t manage to beat “Avengers: Age of Ultron’s” $27.6m haul.
Though the film didn’t beat out “Age of Ultron’s” record, it’s on track to do similar numbers; in comparison, “Age of Ultron” managed to earn $1.4 billion worldwide by the end of its theater run. However, it scored $3.1m at IMAX, overcoming “Age of Ultron’s” $3m by a slim margin.
“Civil War” is expected to earn $200m domestically this weekend, which would make it one of the top five openings of all time, under films like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($248m), “Jurassic World” ($208.8m), “The Avengers” ($207.4m), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($191.3m) and “Iron Man 3” ($174m).
“Civil War” debuted in foreign markets just over a week ago, earning a total of $291.2m overseas to date. This total does not include China, where it shares a release date with North America.
Though technically a sequel to “Captain America’s” second solo outing “The Winter Solider,” the movie boasts an impressive list of characters, including Iron Man, Black Widow, Falcon and Bucky Barnes, as they butt heads over a document called the Sokovia Accords. It will also introduce several new characters, like Black Panther. The film also marks Spider-Man’s Marvel Cinematic Universe debut.
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