While Captain America: Civil War doesn’t open in domestic theaters until next week, as is Disney and Marvel’s traditional rollout plan, the film hit international theaters yesterday. And how’s it doing, box office-wise? Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. Per THR, the highly anticipated Marvel Studios sequel amassed $14.9 million on Wednesday alone as it opened in 15 markets, landing the top spot in every territory and nearly matching the opening day gross of Avengers: Age of Ultron. This weekend’s rollout includes France, South Korea, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Japan, and the U.K., and the film could be on track to tally up as much as $200 million by Sunday, which again is well before the picture hits domestic theaters.
That’s a pretty hefty performance, and Marvel films typically have long legs in the international marketplace, so this is only the beginning. Moreover, joining the U.S. on the May 6th release date are China, Russia, and Italy, so we’ve got even bigger box office on the horizon. Per the most recent comps, the film is currently on track to open to at least $190 million in the U.S.. Marvel’s highest opening weekend is still The Avengers at $207.4 million, with Age of Ultron following at $191.2 million, but given the star-power involved in Civil War plus the debut of a new Spider-Man, that Avengers number doesn’t seem terribly out of reach.
What does seem do-able is besting Iron Man 3’s $174.1 million opening, and it’ll be interesting to see just how high this thing goes domestically. Reviews have been pretty unanimously stellar, and the Marvel Studios brand is incredibly strong. At the very least, the film seems nearly guaranteed to best Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s opening weekend tally of $166 million last month.
For now, we’ll keep an eye on the international totals over the next few days as the Civil War rollout gets underway. So stay tuned to Collider.com for the latest updates on the film. Summer Movie Season is officially here, ladies and gents.