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‘Captain America: Civil War’ declares war on box office records

Zach Epstein
May 9th, 2016 at 12:09 PM
Captain America Civil War Box Office

Marvel’s latest blockbuster superhero film divides the avengers in half and pits them against each other in an epic battle for the ages. But the movie is also engaged in an off-screen fight that’s equally impressive. Following a monstrous international debut, Captain America: Civil War continued Disney’s march through the record books this past weekend by helping the studio hit several huge milestones.

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Did you see the latest Marvel masterpiece this past weekend? If so, you’re now a part of history as the film helped Disney score not one but three records at the box office.

As BGR sister site Variety noted on Sunday, Civil War helped a revitalized Disney crush the prior record for the fastest a movie studio surpassed $1 billion at the box office in a calendar year. As of yesterday, Disney’s box office tally reached $1.121 in just 128 days so far in 2016. The prior record was 168 days.

Disney’s international box office take has now reached $2.22 billion to date, another record, and its global gross climbed to $3.341 billion following the U.S. release of Captain America: Civil War. Both of those figures set new records, surpassing Universal’s haul following last year’s Jurassic World release.

As for Cap’s latest flick, the film’s worldwide gross climbed to $678.4 million this past weekend, which included a $181.1 million debut in the U.S. Internationally, the movie added another $220 million to its tally over the past three days, including a $95.8 million opening weekend in China. That’s the second biggest debut ever for a U.S. movie in China, coming in behind only Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Also of note, total U.S. box office performance is tracking for a record year, with the current $3.856 billion in box office gross nearly 8% ahead of the record pace set in 2015. Disney alone is responsible for $936 million.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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