It’s not a secret we here at PopWrapped loved Captain America: Civil War, and apparently many, many other people did as well. The new Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.-helmed film has won the weekend box office by a landslide. Captain America: Civil War made $179.1 million this past weekend, debunking past box-office-winner The Jungle Book to second place with $24.5 million earned this weekend.
This is the highest opening weekend ever for a Captain America film. Captain America: The Winter Soldier made $95 million on its opening weekend, and Captain America: The First Avenger, $65 million. Not only that, but Captain America: Civil War also beat all iterations of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, and even box office smash Deadpool. It was, in fact, the highest solo superhero movie opening ever.
Although it should be noted that it really is a solo superhero movie only in title, and, in reality, it appears to be more of an Avengers film, since it features -- besides its titular hero and Iron Man -- Black Widow, Hawkeye, Falcon, Winter Soldier, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Spider-Man, among others. Speaking of Spider-Man and Black Panther -- that was a pretty smart move by Marvel to have them introduced in this movie before their solo movies are released (on July 7, 2017, and on February 16, 2018, respectively).
Speaking of Avengers films, those ones were the only ones that beat Captain America: Civil War on their opening weekends. Marvel’s The Avengers opened to $207.4 million, while Avengers: Age of Ultron earned $191.3 million.
Thanks to this big opening, Captain America: Civil War is now the fifth highest domestic box office opening of all time. It follows Avengers: Age of Ultron, which earned $191.3 million, The Avengers with $207.4 million, Jurassic World made $208.8 million, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned a whopping $248 million on its first weekend.
Internationally, things are looking good for Civil War, too. The movie has grossed $673.1 million worldwide to date.
Captain America: Civil War has been a success with critics as well. That, added to the public’s praise, guarantees that Civil War will play for a long time in theaters, which will, in turn, signify an even greater box-office, making the movie the biggest hit of the summer. Its only possible contender for that honor could be Disney’s upcoming animated movie, Finding Dory. However, the Ellen DeGeneres-led film opens June 17, 2016, so Civil War has a month-long advantage over it, and it may quite possibly be enough to make the Marvel hit unstoppable.