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Captain America: Civil War takes whopping $202.2 million on international debut

Captain America: Civil War

Story by Jack Foley

CAPTAIN America: Civil War has opened to a massive $202.2 million at the foreign box office – one of the biggest starts of all time.

The figure almost matches the launch of Avengers: Age of Ultron and – indeed – in some individual countries, it even surpassed it.

Among the best performing nations were the UK, where it took $20.5 million.

But in Mexico ($20.6 million), Brazil ($12.3 million) and the Philippines ($7.5 million), Civil War also scored the biggest debut of all time for any film a week before it launches in the US or China.

Officially a sequel to Captain America: Winter Soldier, Civil War is nevertheless far bigger in scope than any Marvel release to date given that it pitches Captain America (Chris Evans) against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) while drawing other superheroes (such as Ant-Man, Black Widow and The Scarlet Witch) into the mix. It even introduces two new Marvel characters in the form of Black Panther and Spider-Man.

Joe and Anthony Russo, who handled The Winter Soldier, are back behind the camera for Civil War.

Civil War has also attracted overwhelmingly positive reviews in most of the places it has opened, placing it on course to be Marvel’s best reviewed film of all-time too.

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