Box Office Mojo reports that Marvel Studios was king at the box office yet again this weekend. Captain America: Civil War crushed its competition, finishing with an estimated $181.8 million for its opening frame domestically. On top of its $496 million earnings overseas, the film is now sitting on a worldwide total of about $678 million. That number is only going to climb in the coming days.
This number was in line with expectations for the opening weekend. The film has become a noted crowd pleaser with fans and critics. The film earned great reviews, scoring a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has an audience rating of “A” for CinemaScore. This should help the film in its later weeks with good word of mouth. This was one of the major problems that caused Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to have such a significant drop-off of about 69 percent in its second weekend as it received poor word of mouth and bad reviews.
The number is pretty astronomical considering this was the third Captain America movie from Marvel. Captain America: The First Avenger only finished with $176 million domestically. So this film made more in its opening weekend than The First Avenger did in its entire domestic run. Not only that, even the very beloved Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened with $95 million for its domestic opening weekend. Civil War almost doubled that figure.
The question is, can it finish with higher domestic and global takes than Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Age of Ultron finished with $459 million domestic and about $1.4 billion worldwide.
It seems whenever there is a disappointing comic book movie, critics are ready to label the genre as fatigued or dying. Then Marvel Studios busts out a big hit to show that might not be the case. Perhaps this genre will endure, and it will always go through highs and lows, just as it has for the last 10 years.