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Marvel-ous opening for Civil War

Published:Tuesday | May 10, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Team Iron Man and Team Captain America face off in ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
A fugitive fox and a bunny cop work together to uncover a conspiracy in 'Zootopia'.
Mowgli is on a journey of self-discovery in ‘The Jungle Book’.
Academy Award winner Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter's War.
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Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, the 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has strong-armed its way to becoming the fifth-highest domestic opening ever, according to comScore estimates on Sunday. The film grossed a massive US$181.8 million over the weekend, bumping Iron Man 3 out of the top five all-time debuts. Civil War now ranks right below Marvel’s The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hold the third and fourth place spots, respectively.
It’s nearly double the opening of the previous Captain America film, The Winter Soldier, which opened to US$95 million in April 2014, but that is at least partially attributable to the fact that Civil War is really an Avengers movie in disguise.
Showdown
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Civil War sees an ideological showdown between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) and is packed to the brim with Avengers old and new. Audiences were 59 per cent male and mostly adults. Teens made up only 11 per cent of the audience.
Civil War cost a hefty US$250 million to produce but has already far surpassed that thanks to a healthy international debut last weekend and a big bump from China this weekend. In sum, the superhero showdown has earned US$678.4 million globally to date.
As is to be expected when there is only one new wide release, the rest of films on the box office charts looked paltry in comparison.
The only big change was that Civil War effectively ended the three-week first-place run of Disney’s The Jungle Book, which came in second with US$21.9 million, bringing its domestic total to US$285 million.
Following are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore.
1. Captain America: Civil War, US$181.8m (US$220m international)
2. The Jungle Book, US$21.9m (US$24.1m international)
3. Mother’s Day, US$9m (US$3m international)
4. The Huntsman: Winter’s War, US$3.6m (US$4.2m international)
5. Keanu, US$3.1m
6. Barbershop: The Next Cut, US$2.7m
7. Zootopia, US$2.7m (US$5.7m international)
8. The Boss, US$1.7m (US$510,000 international)
9. Ratchet and Clank, US$1.5m (US$500,000 international)
10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, US$1 million.