Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Blasts Off to $180 Million Weekend

Captain America: Civil War
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Captain America: Civil War” is making U.S. box office history, blasting to the fifth-best opening weekend ever with an estimated $180 million.

Marvel-Disney’s tentpole launched the summer moviegoing season on Friday with a spectacular $75.3 million at 4,226 locations — the eighth-highest opening day of all time. That figure includes $25 million from Thursday night preview showings.

“Captain America: Civil War” should finish the weekend in elite company behind only four other films: “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.

Projections on Saturday showed the third “Captain America” will replace “Iron Man 3,” which opened with $174.1 million on the same weekend in 2013, as the fifth-highest launch at the U.S. box office. Its per-location average is about $42,000 for the weekend.

The $75 opening day total for “Civil War” trails only seven titles, led by “The Force Awakens” at $119.1 million, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” at $91.1 million, “Ultron” at $84.4 million, “Jurassic World” at $82 million, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” at $81.6 million, “Marvel’s the Avengers” at $80.8 million and “The Dark Knight Rises” at $75.8 million.

“Captain America: Civil War,” the 13th film in the Marvel Universe, has already shown plenty of power outside the U.S. with $291.2 million as of Thursday after nine days. That number should jump this weekend, thanks in part to the opening in China.

Disney’s marketing hooks for the movie include a duel 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. The “Captain America: Winter Soldier” directorial team of Joe and Anthony Russo helmed the sequel.

Online ticketing service Fandango reported on Wednesday that “Civil War” had generated a record in advance sales for a superhero title, surpassing “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “The Avengers.”

No other title is opening this weekend, but Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is dominating the holdovers with an estimated $23 million at 4,144 U.S. locations, dropping 47% after winning the previous three frames handily. The adventure-comedy should close the weekend with about $286 million in its first 24 days in the U.S.

Open Road’s second weekend of ensemble comedy “Mother’s Day” leads the rest of the pack with about $6.5 million at 3,141 sites, down 23%.

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  1. Cass says:

    You people need lives if you’re arguing over 180 million dollars being bad. DC v Marvel boys go play with your mommies today you whiney little turds.

  2. Jimmy says:

    No 200 million. No records broken. This should have grossed more with all these heroes like Iron Man, Cap, and even Spider Man. What a complete failure.(sarcasm). These were similar arguments level on BvS even though it’s the second but really the first film in the new DC universe while Captain America 3 is the 13th. I’m sure Civil War will make well over a Billion.

    • Richard says:

      Well to be fare BvS did feature 3 of the biggest names in comics and it opened really well across the world … 4th and 7th domestic… It just had a terrible reception from critics and viewers and fell hard worldwide in its second frame. The problem wasn’t it’s opening its just after that the wheels fell off. In its second weekend BvS did about 131m WW for a 682m total CACW is expected to be at around 700m so far pretty even. If CW has similar legs to BvS then we can start discussing its perceived quality.. word of mouth.. SH fatigue or if it plays out like the average Marvel movie we will probably see the newest member of the billion dollar club and fairly quickly.

  3. loco73 says:

    Oh and by the way, the piece in Variety just yesterday was “Captain America: Civil War”
    Falls Short Of Box Officeredictions”… now its “Captain America” Blasts Off to $180 Dollars Weekend”…so which is it?! If your whole premise of Variety is that , it is the trade publication of this industry….then please don’t fall into the pattern of the bait-and-click journalism soo many others have…

  4. loco73 says:

    Though formulaic and been-there-done that, “Captain America: Civil War” just works, is enjoyable and flows quite well despite its running time. I actually thought that Marvel have somewhat redeemed themselves after the underwhelming , vomitous and mind-numbing avalanche of CGI and explosions that was “Avengers: Age Of Ultron”…this movie was more grounded, focused and did a commendable job in balancing the relatively high number of characters it has in play. The action set pieces were spaced out well enough that they didn’t become overwhelming About a 7 out of 10 for me.

    I generally don’t put much stock in reviews, but Mark Kermode of the BBC summed up things like this. “Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” was a movie made to be endured while “Captain America: Civil War” was one made to be enjoyed”! I couldn’t agree more!

  5. Paul says:

    Yes but by standards set by previous Marvel films this has “under performed”. They were hoping for a $200million weekend to match “The Avengers”. “Ultron” fell 9mnillion short of that and now this one has fallen 20 million short! So only in Hollywood can something make $180million in one weekend and be called an “under performer”.

  6. Jimmy says:

    That’s it. People were saying that this would make more than avengers 2. 200 million or more, they said. Oops. What went wrong, With these glowing reviews.

    • JJ says:

      Someone seems upset that a bunch of marvel superheroes, most unknown characters to the general public, did better than three iconic dc super heroes.

    • CASS says:

      People like who? Disney never did, they said it would be 170mil. I love people that use ‘people’ like they know what they’re talking about. lol ‘That’s It.’ LMAO

  7. Robby Reed says:

    The 15-minute airport battle scene in CIVIL WAR was great. The rest of the most was a total bore. Worse tha nSuperman v Batman, and that’s saying something.

  8. Looks like Mothers are going to be enjoying a Marvel cartoon movie instead of a movie with the actual title of the holiday.

    I saw where Deadline was trying to take the sting out of the hit piece Variety did on Roberts for Mother’s Day being a FLOP. I totally agree it was not Julia’s fault, it was the entire casts fault and the lousy writers and poor old Garry Marshall’s fault. He put 3 women who cannot open an envelope in a movie together, what did anyone expect, a hit…well that was never going to happen.

    Deadline had a line about “no one can open a film on their name alone any longer”. Deadline needs to clean the cobwebs out of their collective heads. Only one woman has ever done that, Angelina Jolie is known as the ONE person that carried a film to over $760 million on HER name and face alone.

    Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!!!!!

  9. Iván el Terrible says:

    Now comes the part that LOL hipster troll complains about the box office.

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