America (And the World) Adores Captain America


We Americans do love our superheroes. Audiences forked over $132.4 million to Deadpool in his opening weekend. They dropped another $166 million to watch the Dark Knight duke it out with the Man of Steel. But we apparently have a special affection for good ol’ Cap.

Captain America: Civil War—a covert Avengers movie minus the big green dude and the guy with the hammer—didn’t just win this weekend. It grabbed the box office and shook it over its metaphorical head, uttering triumphant yawps as cash fluttered to the ground like green snowflakes. Civil War banked a whopping $181.8 million, according to the early estimates. That’s the fifth-best opening in history (behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and two Avengers movies). Oh, and Captain America is just as beloved overseas as he is here in the good old U.S. of A., apparently. Add in two weeks’ worth of global sales, and Civil War has already crested $675 million.

This economic triumph must be especially gratifying for Civil War’s corporate general, Disney. Thanks to Civil War’s titanic debut, the Mouse House has already earned more than $1 billion domestically in 2016 and $3 billion globally. Those are both records, by the way: No studio has ever reached those sorts of milestones so quickly. Indeed, the entertainment conglomerate is making so much money at the multiplex that it’s almost … goofy.

‘Course, Disney owes a good chunk of that record to the weekend’s second-place film, The Jungle Book. The three-time box office winner collected another $21.9 million to finish second to Cap and crew, bringing its total domestic take to an eye-popping $285 mil. So far, Disney has three of the year’s top-grossing movies: Zootopia (second with $327.6 million), The Jungle Book (fourth) and Civil War (fifth). Rumor has it that Disney’s planning on building a ride in Orlando made entirely of cash.

After a rather inauspicious debut, Mother’s Day (the movie, not the holiday) rebounded this week with a third-place, $9 million weekend. It far outdistanced the other two movies in the Top Five—The Huntsman: Winter’s War (fourth place with $3.6 million) and Keanu (fifth with $3.1 million). That kind of gross won’t catch Civil War, obviously, but it will make for one nice greeting card.

Final figures update: 1. Captain America: Civil War, $179.1 million; 2. The Jungle Book, $24.5 million; 3. Mother’s Day, $11.1 million; 4. The Huntsman: Winter’s War, $3.9 million; 5. Keanu, $3.3 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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library_girl More than 1 year ago
Your review of Captain America was really good. I'm glad I waited until after I'd seen the movie to read it, but what you had to say about it really resonated with me.
AsayPaul More than 1 year ago
Thanks much, library_girl. You're very kind.
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