Fans have been talking and speculating about Captain America: Civil War for months now, as anticipation builds for what is the commencement of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Adding to fan excitement is the large cast of characters, some of whom, like Black Panther and Spider-Man, are joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time. The fact that many of these heroes -- both new and old -- will be going up against one another in an ideological battle of wills means anything could happen in the latest Captain America installment, all of which will naturally play a pivotal role in the evolution of the MCU going forward. The stakes are high, the cast is full, and fans won’t have to wait too much longer to see how it all plays out.
Stateside moviegoers haven’t had the opportunity to see Captain America: Civil War yet, but the film has already opened internationally, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that box office numbers are already being analyzed. The film is definitely off to a hot start, although it is on pace to fall slightly behind last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which ended up making $946 million internationally.
Although Captain America: Civil War may not catch Avengers: Age of Ultron, the film is still performing quite well overseas based on early numbers. According to Variety, "Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” soared to $14.9 million in 15 international markets in Europe and Asia, finishing first in each." The film has performed best in South Korea, registering the third-highest opening of all-time with a reported $4.3 million figure. Based on the report, the film has also done very well in France, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand.
“Pre-release tracking estimates suggest that the superhero sequel could rack up roughly $200 million overseas after its first five days in theaters.”
With the amount of advertising and marketing that has gone into Civil War, these early numbers shouldn’t be that surprising. However, with the film boasting a cast nearly identical to the mega-grossing Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's not off base to assume the former could eventually outperform the latter. Currently though, the numbers being reported by Disney suggest that won’t come to fruition, unless the third Captain America movie demonstrates greater staying power and more repeat viewings than the second Avengers film.
In a year where superheroes facing off with other superheroes is commonplace, Captain America: Civil War has the benefit of looking a lot like another Avengers film, rather than merely the first piece in the next phase of the MCU. With that said, it should be interesting to see how the film fares stateside next week.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.