Prevailing wisdom had Captain America: The First Avenger facing an uphill battle overseas, where audiences might not be quick to embrace the star-spangled hero. However, the Marvel film has delivered a box-office surprise, earning more in the international market than in North America.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Captain America has now grossed $178 million internationally -- that includes a strong $5 million opening last weekend in China -- compared to $173.5 million at the domestic box office, where it bowed on July 22. Nearly one-third of the overseas haul, $57 million, comes from Latin America -- $21 million each from Brazil and Mexico -- where a fondness for 3D and for the Sentinel of Liberty combined to create a hit.
The tally makes the hand-wringing about the title of the Joe Johnston-directed film seem almost silly in retrospect. If you'll recall, it was revealed in January that the movie would be offered as simply The First Avenger to international distributors. In the end, only Russia, Ukraine and South Korea went with the truncated title; everywhere else it's Captain America: The First Avenger.
The film, which stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving and Sebastian Stan, arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD in the United States on Oct. 25.