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Captain America: Civil War scores fifth best US opening of all-time

Captain America: Civil War

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL’S Captain America: Civil War has scored the fifth highest opening of all-time in the US with a superhero-sized $181.8 million.

The figure also marks the top opening of 2016 so far and kicks off the summer blockbuster season in fine style.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Civil War sees the Avengers divided and forced to choose between Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) when the government tries to make superheroes more accountable.

Costing an estimated $250 million to make, Civil War is the 13th title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and set to become one of its most successful. It is all but guaranteed to become the first release of 2016 to jump the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

In the US, Civil War‘s opening figure beat that of Iron Man 3 ($174 million) to rank fifth behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million), Jurassic World ($208.8 million), The Avengers ($207.4 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million), not accounting for inflation.

It also comfortably surpassed the pre-weekend estimate of an opening in the $175 million range.

And overseas, where it opened last weekend, Civil War took in a further $220 million for a foreign total of $496.6 million and world-wide haul of $678 million after just 12 days of release.

Looking wider, the successful opening of yet another Marvel title solidifies Disney’s box office domination at the moment, following massive successes with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book and Zootopia.

Talking of The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau’s live-action version of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale hung onto second spot in its fourth weekend with another huge $21.9 million for a US total of $285 million.

Internationally, it grossed another $24.1 million and is now headed for the $500 million mark. Globally, it has now hit $776.2 million.

In third spot in the US was Garry Marshall’s critically derided Mother’s Day, which actually rallied in its sophomore run. The film dropped off only 8% in its second weekend, taking $9 million for a US total of $20.7 million – not bad for a film that opened to only $8.4 million on its first weekend.

Universal’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War followed in fourth but continued to fall steeply, taking in $3.6 million in its third weekend for a US total of $40.4 million – a major disappointment given its franchise hopes and production costs.

Disney Animation Studios’ blockbuster Zootopia (aka Zootropolis in the UK) rounded out the top five in its 10th weekend, earning $5.7 million for a US total of $327.6 million – edging out Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice ($327.3 million).

Overseas, Zootopia has earned $628.8 million for an impressive global haul of $956.4 million.

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