Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Starts Summer With Sizzling $181.8 Million

Captain America: Civil War
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Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” has opened the summer spectacularly with a dominant $181.8 million weekend at 4,266 U.S. locations.

The third “Captain America” movie met lofty expectations with the fifth-best domestic opening weekend of all time — trailing only  “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $248 million, “Jurassic World” at $208.8 million, “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $207.4 million and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $191.3 million. It took over the fifth slot from  “Iron Man 3,” which has $174.1 million.

The tentpole has already topped the final domestic total of 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” at $176.6 million and should eclipse 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at $259 million by the end of next weekend.

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The marketing for “Civil War” clearly resonated with moviegoers, as it promised an epic fight between Chris Evans’ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, plus the introduction of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. It racked up A’s in all demographics on Cinemascore.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with ComScore, said the performance of “Captain America: Civil War” underlines Marvel and Disney’s adept management of a key franchise.

“‘Captain America: Civil War’ certainly delivered the goods as the official kick off movie of the summer of 2016 was in perfect position to capitalize on its sheer quality, massive entertainment value, brand appeal and a high-profile release date,” he noted. “Despite a cadre of sports-related options on the small screen, including the Kentucky Derby and Stanley Cup playoffs, ‘Cap’ came on strong with a top 5 all-time opening weekend debut and expected long-term bankability at the multiplex.”

Imax screenings grosse $16 million on 380 screens, second-best for a Disney/Marvel release after “Avengers: Age of Ultron” pulled in $18.2 million. Seven of the top 10 domestic playdates took place at Imax locations.

Dave Hollis, Disney’s exec VP of theatrical VP of distribution, noted that Marvel-Disney titles now occupy the third through sixth slots for top domestic opening weekend and that the dozen Marvel movies have grossed over $9 billion worldwide. He credited Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios.

“The $9 billion is just unparalled in the history of the industry and a testament to Kevin’s skill,” Hollis added.

“Captain America” is also keeping the U.S. box office on track for a record performance in 2016 with $3.856 billion through this weekend — 7.8% ahead of the same point last year and an impressive 14.7% ahead of 2014. Disney has played a major role in that gain with “The Jungle Book” and “Zootopia” delivering blockbuster numbers plus “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” providing $285 million, or 30% of its $936 million total.

The fourth weekend of “The Jungle Book” finished second to “Captain America” with $21.9 million at 4,144 sites to lift its 24-day total to $285 million. Open Road’s comedy “Mother’s Day” came in a distant third with $9 million at 3,141, followed by Universal’s third frame of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” with $3.6 million at 2,901.

With its apt title, “Mother’s Day” saw an impressive 7% rise in business during the Mother’s Day weekend following a so-so opening frame. The ensemble movie, starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson, has taken in $20.7 million in its first ten days.

The 10th weekend of “Zootopia” was edged out for fifth by New Line’s second session of “Keanu,” which fell more than 67% to about $3.1 million. “Zootopia” followed with $2.7 million at 2,077 locations, bringing its 66-day total to $327.6 million.

As a result, “Zootopia” has eclipsed Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” by $300,000 as the year’s second-biggest domestic grosser after Fox’s “Deadpool” at $362.2 million.

“Batman v Superman” is vanishing from U.S. theaters, dropping 797 locations from last weekend for a total of 1,593 in its  seventh weekend. The DC superhero tentpole saw a 73% plunge in business to $1 million for a 10th place finish.

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  1. Captain America Civil War! RULES! After RED Lobster dinner went to the movies! We had a AWESOME MOTHER’S DAY ! Taking my grandsons to see Captain America Civil War this week!

  2. skhan says:

    Still feel the movie needed more Steve Bucky moments! They hardly greeted each other, asked about what they went through??
    Also, more fun moments with the trio Steve Buck ,Sam could have been added. At least 10 -1 5 min more on these dynmics would have sufficed. They could have done this by cutting down Tony’s screen time or Spider man–who was actually not needed for the story to move forward- Also, Spidey he doesn’t need an introduction!! Why did Mr.Stank bring a 15 year old underage boy just to fight avengers?? For some laughs?? Steve, Bucky and Sam could have easily done that in a classy way— Remember the beetle scenes??
    BP arc was very good though.Wanted more Bucky on screen— even in the Quinjet- he was kind of in the background! Like they deliberately give Sebastian less screen time.

    Director bros and Mr.Feige – please note the Winter Soldier actor is amazing
    and needs more time on screen! Why do you always give him a raw deal???

  3. Jimmy says:

    I saw the film today. It was pretty good, but I found it to be underwhelming most of the time until the airport fight. The same criticisms of Bvs expressed here(which I don’t agree with), but critics largely ignored them. The first 20 minutes are pretty boring. The first hour really kind of drags. It could have been much better. I’ll see it in two weeks to see if my opinion changes. Suicide Squad looks much better than this. I hope they raise the bar with Infinity Wars because nothing has matched the first Avengers movie by a long shot. This is better than Avengers 2, but the actions not nearly as good. it may have cost less than Avengers 2 even though they say they cost the same.

  4. Chase in Dick Benson says:

    Suck on it DC butthurt fanboys!! BvS was an amateur sh**show. Let Marvel show you how its done!

  5. Sith616 says:

    Haters going ta hate.. But seriously, this was a fantastic movie and felt like a comic come to life. (which is the basic premise of a comic based movie) since i was a kid there hasnt been a movie that has made me want to instantly rewatch a movie until this one… This is how you do characters based on their comic counter parts justice. Bravo Russos, can’t wait to see what you create with Infinty War(or whatever the title is going to be)

  6. Rudy Mario says:

    Saw the movie yesterday. Marginally better than BVS. Overload of superhero in one movie. Some portions are well written and directed. Why do the FX people and director need to o reload every action frame with too much stuff. It has a numbing effect. Disney 8s walking a thin line. Superhero fatigue may be round the corner.

    • Jacques Strappe says:

      The contents contained in a truck stop toilet bowl is marginally better than BvS! Cap Am Civ War was another stupendous film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    • Chris says:

      Super hero fatigue? Go home dude!

  7. Mother’s Day last hurrah, and it was a sad one. We can only hope this dismal failure of this Mother’s Day film will be the last one made.

  8. drkvenger says:

    This is a strong opening at $181M but it may seem to indicate Marvel fatigue. This was essentially an Avengers film with the added roster of box office powerhouse Spiderman and yet what’s concerning is it didnt break $200M. It also had the media critic love and yet not enough to outdo the first Avengers $209M nor AOU $191M. Is this a trend to worry about?

    • Sack Zack says:

      @drkvenger – you are so blatantly hating because critics ripped your DC universe movie (Batman v Supes). I saw that DC movie twice because I am a Superman & Batman fan. The movie wasn’t as crappy as what critics said …but it was meh, OK. Capt Civil War was waayyyyyyy better. Funnier. Great fight scenes. Great story. Make mine Marvel!

  9. LOL says:

    That is an underperformance on Marvel’s part. The superhero fad is starting to die, it seems.

  10. Chizz says:

    All that money and they can’t afford to make something that isn’t superheroes, sequels, animation, or remakes/reboots.

    • mightymad says:

      Bitching about Disney doing animations is pretty much like bitching about the sun being hot.

      Try again, kiddo.

    • Malcolm says:

      “They” Disney? Zootopia, Good Dinosaur and The BFG are standking shoulder-to-shoulder with sequels and remakes. And why not remake older classics in live action? Why not re-adapt classics for a new generation? Why not make sequels to popular films that people clearly actually want and enjoy..?

      There’s laziness, but also sense and focus in these decisions.

  11. mightymad says:

    Man… Disney is on a tear right now!

    Nothing they’ve release this year is failing – it’s money, more money, even more money, MONEY!!!!

    Makes you wonder what’s going to be their next flop…

    • daniel says:

      Pete’s Dragon and The BFG are both gonna flop. Neither don’t look all that great.

      • mightymad says:

        Have no clue about “Pete’s Dragon” – not enough info out there about it to have a clear opinion on it… but betting against SPIELBERG doing a CHILDREN MOVIE, backed by DISNEY?

        Never gonna happen!

    • Johnny Depp has had a very bad couple years at the box office. We’ll see how this new Alice film does.

      I like Johnny, it’s been sad to watch him sink lower and lower, both career wise and in his personal life.

    • JimG says:

      You’re forgetting The Finest Hours another Chris Pine flop. I think they had to take a loss on that. Although right now I don’t think they’re too broken up about it. I also have my doubts about Pete’s Dragon; looks a little too creepy.

      But if anyone had Zootopia beating Death of a Franchise both Domestically and Internationally please crow all you want. Even if it was hopedicting you kept the faith.

      • mightymad says:

        Seriously forgot “The Finest Hours” even got released, and had no clue it was a Disney production.

        Well… yeah, it’s definitely a flop. But still, with the year they’re currently having, you know Disney Corp barely felt that one.

      • My 14 year old niece and all her friends went to see Jungle Book last night. They went in a big group so they wouldn’t be embarrassed. I thought that was cute.

    • Richard says:

      It seems though this is the kickoff to the summer movie season the competition has been keen the last 2 years AoU took on the Derby and a fight and this year the Derby, the Cup and Mothers Day so for 2 years a movie I would have seen twice in theatres opening weekend I haven’t had time to. JW had an event free early June weekend with all kids out of school which helps. Then again SW did awesome during the busy holidays, both of those where new entries of old popular films with all that anticipation still I think maybe that early June spot might be the best bang chance.

      • crossie says:

        I don’t think the Derby had much effect (saying that as a guy who watched it); even if everyone watched it, it’s still early enough in the afternoon, and it only lasts two minutes, after all.

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