Civil War has 5th best domestic opening box office weekend of all time


Say what you will about superhero movies, they’ve certain been successful at bringing in the big bucks for studios, especially Disney. This past weekend, the star-studded-and-spangled release of Captain America: Civil War was no exception. Civil War grossed $181.1 million in North America over the weekend, making it the 5th¬†highest-grossing domestic box office opening weekend of all time (not adjusting from inflation). It also seats it directly between two other Marvel films on the list, behind Avengers: Age of Ultron but ahead of Iron Man 3.

Marvel now holds spots three through six of the top ten highest-grossing domestic opening weekends, seven of which are occupied by superhero films. Civil War has already surpassed Captain America: The First Avenger‘s entire domestic gross ($176.6 million) in three days and is well on its way to surpassing the $259 million domestic gross of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Worldwide, it’s estimated that Civil War‘s gross is over $678 million and, overall, Marvel Studios’ films have grossed over $9 billion worldwide.

Considering the global hype for the movie and positive reception among critics, it should come as no surprise that the film is doing well. However, it certainly wasn’t a movie that could be easily understood by anyone who hasn’t spent a fair amount of time watching Marvel’s movies. But it shows the power of reviews¬†since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s impressive but still lower-than-expected opening weekend gross was blamed in part on lackluster reviews.

Time will tell Civil War continues to pull in audiences past the weekend, but all signs are indicating that Marvel’s got another hit on its hands.

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