While Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice wasn’t well received by critics, it has still managed to pull in over $800 million at the box office. But it’s now being reported that Warner Bros.’ comic-book rivals Marvel Studios will blow this amount out of the water when their upcoming blockbuster Captain America: Civil War is released at the start of next month.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice grossed $166 million at the box office over its opening weekend, which broke the March records for such a haul.
According to Heroic Hollywood, box office experts are now predicting that Captain America: Civil War will take in a domestic haul of $220 million when it’s finally released on May 6.
— TodaysWaves (@todayswave) April 13, 2016
There are several reasons why Marvel Studios should be hugely excited about this early prediction. It is a little more than three weeks until the release of the film, which means that these projections are only likely to increase as the days until its release dwindle. And that’s just the projected domestic haul, too.
It’s extremely likely that Captain America: Civil War, which is actually being released in some international territories the week before its U.S. release, will make the exact same, probably more, internationally, too.
This means that, with a little bit of luck, Captain America: Civil War will match the current highest-opening weekend haul, which belongs to the $529 million that Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in back in December 2015. Jurassic World is not too far behind with $524.9 million.
The fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens went on to gross $2.064 billion, and Jurassic World amassed $1.670 billion globally is a very good sign for Marvel Studios, which can probably start expecting Captain America: Civil War to reach a figure somewhere near the latter.
If it does, that will put it in competition with 2012’s The Avengers to become the highest-grossing movie from the Marvel slate. The Avengers ultimately grossed $1.520 billion worldwide.
What helped to crystallize these box office predictions was the recent sway of positive reviews from the first press screenings for Captain America: Civil War. After critics and journalists took to Twitter to almost unanimously praise the blockbuster, they have now been allowed to uploaded their full reviews and scores to their publications. And, so far, this has resulted in the film amassing a 94 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Empire Magazine was unanimous in its praise for the blockbuster, with the latter writing that the warring factions of Iron Man and Captain America mean that the film doesn’t need a villain.
“Who needs a villain when you have Steve and Tony? Both protagonists. Both antagonists. And drawing other power-people to their cause in surprising ways,” their review declared. “The clashes go far beyond the set-up squabbles of [The Avengers]. Or even that other big 2016 superhero showdown.”
— MTV (@MTV) April 11, 2016
The review for the film continued, “Forget Batman v Superman. Here you get Ant-Man v Spider-Man, Hawkeye v Black Widow, Scarlet Witch v Vision, The Winter Soldier v Black Panther, and Captain America v Iron Man, all rolled into one. And that is what you call the ultimate Marvel superhero event.”
We’ll all finally to get to marvel, pun most definitely intended, over Captain America: Civil War when it’s finally released at the start of May. It will then be followed by Doctor Strange, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, and Inhumans.
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