Captain America Civil War is hoping to earn major on opening weekend to become the highest grossing movie in the Marvel franchise.
When a movie is a part of a studio as big as Marvel Comic Universe, beating its predecessors and other movies from the franchise becomes hard work. Before the release of the third installment of Captain America, Captain America Civil War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and Marvel knew that beating it’s previously held records by the Avengers series will be hard.
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Captain America Civil War has been praised for its acting, action and story. It is being called the Avengers movie that Age of Ultron never was. Despite that Civil War is still initially dragging behind the opening weekend release of Age of Ultron in earnings.
Opening in 4,226 theatres out of which 378 IMAX locations 480 PLF locations and more than 3,300 locations will show the film in 3D. Although the theatres the film is being shown in are a fraction below the 4,276 theatres Age of Ultron debuted in and 123 fewer than the first Avengers opened in back in 2012, Civil War will play at theatres which are showing the movie in variable mediums compared to the Avengers movies.
Civil War has already been released worldwide and it has hailed in $291.2 million to date. That is still not inclusive of China’s numbers where the movie is said to have earned over $30 million. The opening in Europe and South America have yielded a great amount of money but it is still the domestic chase that has the studio standing on the edge.
The conservative predictors were predicting a sum earning between $175 million to $180 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo. By that estimate, the movie will fall behind Age of Ultron but stay ahead of Iron Man 3. That is still the Marvel own movies that we are talking about. That is still not counting the DC Comics Batman vs. Superman Dawn of Justice opening weekend earning earlier this month and Disney’s CGI fantasy Jungle Book.
The movie has already surpassed BvS, Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron in advance ticket booking sales but so far it has remained behind the Thursday late night opening. Civil War managed to snag $25 million on Thursday night which is less than BvS’s $27.7 million.
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So nothing can be decided about whether the movie will surpass the Age of Ultron. While many believe that the Civil War will be chasing the $191.1 million opening weekend sum of Age Ultron, the advance ticket booking sales and the fact that the earnings for the whole weekend are yet to be evaluated still make other estimations to place the movie in close contest to earn about $200 million on it opening weekend.