Don’t Go to War With Captain America


Usually, when a film plunges nearly 60% in its second week at the box office, it means other newcomers have a fighting chance at the top slot. Except, of course, when the movie in question has Captain America in its title. ‘Cause even a drop that big wasn’t enough to slow down the Star-Spangled Soldier and his warring Avengers compatriots in comparison to the rest of the competition. In fact, it wasn’t even close.

Captain America: Civil War annexed an estimated $72.6 million in its second weekend frame. That pushes Marvel’s latest superhero epic to $295.9 million in just 10 days in theaters (plus another $645 million overseas). Cap’s adrenaline-pumping feud with Iron Man should easily cross the $1 billion total global cume mark in the next few days.

Meanwhile, another Disney holdover, The Jungle Book, managed $17.8 million in its fifth weekend, pushing its domestic gross over the $300 million mark. Not bad for an orphaned youngster and his animal friends.

If it seems as if the Mouse House is on quite a tear lately, well, it is. Domestic revenue for Disney hit the $1 billion mark in just 128 days this year, shaving a whopping 37 days off Universal Pictures’ previous 2015 record run to that benchmark.

And, finally, in non-Disney news, the top newcomer in the Top Five at the box office this week was Money Monster, the dramatic thriller pairing George Clooney and Julia Roberts. It earned an estimated $15 million, topping early predictions indicating that it might come in significantly lower. The film’s $27 million budget means it will be profitable for Sony-owned TriStar Pictures. Still, some industry insiders believe that the film’s still-modest debut offers more evidence of the fading draw of former megawatt superstars such as Roberts and Clooney.

Along those lines, Kevin Bacon’s horror flick The Darkness proved once again that it’s best to leave rune-scrawled rocks in the creepy caves where you found them. The horror flick drummed up about $5.2 million, good enough for the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the Top Five was another holdover (and, interestingly, another Julia Roberts movie), Mother’s Day. It took in $3.3 million in its third frame.

Next week, the video game phenomenon Angry Birds graduates from smartphones and tablets to the big screen in its bid to feather the nest of creator company Rovio even more.

Final figures update: 1. Captain America: Civil War, $72.6 million; 2. The Jungle Book, $17.1 million; 3. Money Monster, $14.9 million; 4. The Darkness, $5.0 million; 5. Mother’s Day, $3.3 million.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saw Civil War this past weekend and I thought that while it was a good movie, I was seriously disappointed.

I honestly prefer Dawn of Justice over Civil War. Better action, more interesting lessons, and when the credits started to roll, I got the impression the nobody's safe in the DC universe; something I did not feel at the end of Civil War. CA: CW had the chance to kill someone off and give us a sense of fear in the MCU, and they completely blew it.

While I can't wait for movies like Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I'm personally more excited for Aquaman, Wonder Woman (especially), and Justice League.

Sorry Marvel, but as of right now, you can register me in Team DC. 
Caleb Van Nice More than 1 year ago
 First of all, someone died in Age of Ultron, do we need someone to die every other movie now? I also fundamentally disagree with the notion that someone has to die for there to be a sense of fear and dread. The events of CIVIL WAR left a tremendous impact on most of the characters, and none of them had to die to make that impact.
I can't speak to Dawn of Justice because I still haven't seen it.
ezra_guerra More than 1 year ago
Yeah, um, Dawn of Justice sucked. It was so bad, it made me hope to God that this movie would make up for it, and boy did it do its job! Probably the best Marvel film to date!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Posted by First Comment Guy

My family and I saw Civil War this past weekend and while we all thought it was a good movie, we all felt that it was disappointing as well. While I loved the action and Tom Holland as Spider-man, he, along with Vision, Hawkeye, Falcon, Agent 13, Ant-man and War Machine experienced ZERO character development! Also, without spoiling too much, it was disappointing that NO ONE fighting the war died! The movie has 'War' in its title; wars aren't fought without loss of life!

Call me crazy and exile me to a deserted island if you will, but I prefer Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice over Captain America: Civil War. Dawn of Justice had more interesting morals, better action/SFX, and when the credits went up, got the impression that nobody's safe in the DC universe; something I did not feel at the end of Civil War.

Don't get me wrong; I'm excited for Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Spider-man 2017, but movies for Aquaman and Wonder Woman are well overdue. So are a Justice League movie and a Green Lantern reboot.