We’re a little more than two weeks away from the opening of Disney’s Captain America: Civil War and the latest Marvel movie is looking to land a huge payday domestically. Early predictions have the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed film set to bring in $175 million in North American theaters over its opening weekend. There’s also every possibility that it will land closer to $200 million, a prediction which puts the film squarely in the top five of all-time openings. The current top four opening films on American shores are Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million), Jurassic World ($208.8 million), Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million). Pretty good company.
THR reported on the domestic box office predictions for Captain America: Civil War, the third in the franchise that centers on Chris Evans but one that’s packed so full of superheroes that it might as well be The Avengers 2.5. Based on the very positive reactions to early screenings which have generated even more buzz about the upcoming film than Marvel’s marketing alone has managed, there’s a good chance that Captain America: Civil War might exceed expectations.
The first Cap film, Joe Johnston’s 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger, pulled in a relatively small $65 million during its opening weekend and went on to net $370.6 million worldwide. Its follow-up, the Russos’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, opened at $95 million domestically in 2014, ending with a worldwide tally of nearly $715 million thanks to huge international numbers. Still, that $175 million debut looms large, especially considering that Marvel’s last outings, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man managed to bring in $94 million and $67 million respectively. Even Warner Bros.’ DC Comics spectacular Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice managed a $166 million domestic debut, regardless of all the other records it broke.
The movies that have fallen just short of the $175 million opening mark on American shores have been huge comic book properties and/or sequels within their own respective franchises. We’re talking Iron Man 3, the final chapter in the Harry Potter series, The Dark Knight/Rises and even The Hunger Games movies. An entry above $150 million would put Captain America: Civil War in great company; a performance at or above $175 million would make it an elite box office champion contender.
Take a look at some of our recent links to our Captain America: Civil War coverage below:
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- ‘Captain America: Civil War’ EW Covers Show the Clash of Warring Heroes
- ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Directors on Introducing Spider-Man and Black Panther to the MCU
- New ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Clip Adds Ant-Man to the Team