Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Gearing Up for Global Domination

Captain America: Civil War
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Captain America: Civil War” is gearing up for gearing up for global domination.

Pre-release tracking for foreign debuts can be spotty, but estimates suggest that the superhero sequel could rack up roughly $200 million overseas after its first five days in theaters. The film will have opened in roughly 63% of the foreign marketplace by Sunday, including such major territories as France, Korea, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines and the U.K. It starts rolling out on Wednesday.

An opening of that size would put it in line with the foreign launches of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($212 million) and “Iron Man 3” ($160 million). It dwarfs the last film featuring the star-spangled hero, 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened to $78 million overseas. However, this “Captain America” plays more like an “Avengers” film, broadening its appeal with foreign audiences, who might find the title character jingoistic.

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It features Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and introduces Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, as well as previews Tom Holland’s new spin on Spider-Man. Chris Evans returns as the title character with the “Winter Soldier” directorial team of Joe and Anthony Russo sliding back behind the camera. The film finds the heroes split into factions over a government plan to register those with superpowers. Captain America heads up one team opposed to the initiative, while Iron Man commandeers another that is supportive of the bureaucratic oversight.

“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters stateside on May 6, with some analysts estimating it could score a $200 million launch. Tracking suggests it should have no trouble hitting $175 million, making it one of the five biggest openings in history. It will also open in China, Russia, Italy and India in that time frame, which should boost revenues.

Reviews for the film have been sterling, and it currently enjoys a 97% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best critically received Marvel Studios releases ever. Disney, Marvel’s parent company, is off to a torrid start at the box office. This year it has already fielded “Zootopia” and “The Jungle Book,” two films that have a chance at hitting $1 billion in receipts.

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  1. WhySoStupid says:

    Once again Marvel and Disney have no idea what they are doing. When they release globally the pirates get to put this movie up on the web before it ever even releases in the united states. Some fans like myself can not wait to see these films and will watch what ever comes first. Doesn’t matter if it is in the theater on release day or on my computer thanks to global pirates. I never went to the theater to see age of ultron because I was able to watch it almost a week prior to its release in America. I am a big comic nerd and I love super hero movies (fantastic four excluded) I am not going to wait for a film when I have access to it and because of that marvel loses out on money and I am sure I am not the only person that is like this. Release globally on the same day or lose out on box office from those of us that don’t care if we are paying for the film or not we just want to see the damn thing!

    • therealeverton says:

      People like you remain in the minority.It still seems to be than those who watch a pirate (shame on you) and don’t go to the cinema instead, or as well, are small in number. Studios were losing far more money for years by not maximising international release dates and following US release patterns and holidays that often put too many films in competition with each other and massive events like The World Cup. Now they maximise holidays and “free” weeks around the world. (Example a a lot of time is clear in numerous countries right now, and place like Japan have holidays, it’s Mayday weekend for many etc. But next weekend, the new North American Summer kick off is nothing. It’s worked a teat fro every Marvel Studios film since they were an Independent studio and their global results have been all the better for smart release dates. IT is a key reason why they were never going to get pushed of the date by WB, globally it was just too good. Even when thy had to open Winter Soldier earlier in April, they managed to make that fit a global pattern.

      The box office they’ve gained outside North America speaks for itself, whereas the box office inside demonstrates tat if they’ve lost anything at all, it s minuscule in comparison.

  2. therealeverton says:

    “broadening its appeal with foreign audiences, who might find the title character jingoistic.”

    BOTH Captain America films did better internationally than in North America. Winter Soldier made $454m internationally and remains the biggest Marvel Studios film outside North America after Iron Man 3. and the Avengers films.

    Even without the huge cast, the third Captain America film was “expected” to continue its rise (from $370m, more than doubled to $718m!) Even a much smaller increase, not out of the question given the response to Winter Soldier, of 40% would have seen it make over $1b.

    Captain America does, and always has done, just fine outside his “home country”.

    • Odinson2k14 says:

      Wait you fail to realize is, a huge percentage of Cap 2’s overseas gross was from CHINA alone, while it underperformed, even less than Thor 2, I’m many overseas markets.

      • therealeverton says:

        No, you don’t understand what underperformed means.. “even less tan Thor 2”. implies Thor 2 had a poor international gross, when it in fact had a very good international gross. Winter Soldier doubled its international gross (without a penny from China.). Doing very well in China is 1. not an indication that you haven’t done very well everywhere else. 2. To be expected, in fact it is expected that you do better there than you did before as their cinema audience has continued to grow at a staggering rate….Meaning a film, liked only exactly as much one year as a previous film the year before should see a higher gross.

        Captain America remains a MASSIVE success internationally, just as I said. It went up 76% from the 1st film AND added $115m from China as well. Thor was ALSO instantly more popular internationally than in North America ALSO increased its box office significantly, however it’s increase was 64% and then $55m from China. Winter Soldier beat it hands down in both cases and neither film “underperformed”, especially considering how much more they grossed than their previous films.

  3. sakpobi says:

    hope its worth the hype

    • therealeverton says:

      It is.

    • toliman says:

      Saw it last night in 3D, one of the few people willing to endure the glasses i suppose.

      There’s a few … rough/slow spots, but it’s a whole new kind of level above Captain America Winter Soldier. Without spoiling too much …

      Similar ‘beats’ to the 2nd Cap America movie, and Age of Ultron, and Spiderman gets a lot of love, as does Black Panther, who is just everywhere. In general, there’s nearly always 3, up to 8 of the 12 big marvel heroes on the screen at once, and it doesn’t feel like there’s anything really missing.

      If anything, it feels like the non headline stars each need more time on screen, but it would get ridiculously long. Like BvS, the plot is the worst aspect of the movie, making little to no sense. But, it never feels entirely misleading, i.e. it’s a bit too much like Avengers Age of Ultron, the villain never gets much to do. But, they also deadpan this in the movie itself, being slightly aware of how the villain can’t win against the avengers.

      In some ways, tieing Civil War into the Agents of Shield series would have made more sense, since the episodic format could have taken care of the dialogue parts that bulked down Winter Soldier as well. Kind of a lost opportunity. Anyway, you’ll enjoy the movie.

      • therealeverton says:

        Honestly remembering Zemo is forced into using Plan-
        B probably helps. Also the film isn’t abut Villains, it’s about heroes. Despite what he did, Zemo is never shown as a an out & out villain, in fact pay attention when Alfre Woodard shows up at the start, he’s her but with the will and ability to use more than a piece a paper. His plan is simple and makes sense. His plan B is, by necessity, more complex, but still makes sense. Plan A is get a video and show it to a person and watch the carnage. Plan B is do a bunch of horrible and risky things in a more complex scheme, so that he can enact the simple plan A.

  4. Alex says:

    Hire an editor. This is a mess.

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