The fever pitch surrounding Captain America: Civil War prior to its theatrical opening (including warm and lots of “best of” calls from critics and fans alike) more than suggests that Marvel’s latest offering would make a killing at the box office. It’s opening weekend then came and brought everything just slightly back down to earth. While a $179 million debut is nothing to sneeze at (and marked the fifth highest opening ever), it was a smidgen off last year’s summer season opener Avengers: Age of Ultron (which seemed to slightly underwhelm the consensus).
Well, Captain America: Civil War is proving its blockbuster status, having collected $206 million in its first five days of release and has a chance of becoming the highest grossing film of the summer (if not the year entirely). More good news on its box office return: the Anthony and Joe Russo-directed film (and Marvel’s thirteenth entry into their MCU) out-grossed Avengers: Age of Ultron a touch on both Monday and Tuesday, suggesting a grand life on repeat viewing may in store. The film ranks fifth as the fastest to reach the $200 barrier – only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron got their quicker. A domestic reach north of $400 seems firmly set.
Furthermore, with overseas receipts included Captain America: Civil War has earned over $700 million worldwide (already more than Captain America: The Winter Soldier and light years ahead of Captain America: The First Avenger) and seems poised to break the one billion barrier quite soon.