‘Captain America: Civil War’ Earns $75 Million First Day

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It looks like Captain America: Civil War is on track to become one of the biggest opening weekends of all-time. After earning $25 million on Thursday night screenings, easily besting Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s Thursday earnings of $10.2 million, the new Marvel film has added another $50 million, tallying the film’s first day earnings up to $75.23 million. This opening day total is currently ranked seventh at the all-time box office records – behind the films The Dark Knight ($75.7m), The Avengers ($80.8m), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($81.5m), Jurassic World ($81.9m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($84.4m), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($91m), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($119.1m).

The estimated earnings on this opening day may have come under what some may have predicted, but thanks to enthusiastic critical acclaim with a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes as well as audience acclaim with an “A” grade from CinemaScore, it can still earn more.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl, Captain America: Civil War is now playing in theaters everywhere.

Source: Forbes

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  • Vegas82

    One of my biggest issues with the film was the terrible framing for anything other than IMAX. Everything from people’s faces to their names and even the stupid location banner names they decided to use were all chopped off. It’s almost like the filmmakers don’t care about the audience and are only interested in making money. It’s really not that hard to have the graphics resize based on aspect ratio, but I guess it would have cost an extra $200 and that’s too much for a film that cost $250 million + to produce(before marketing). “In an interview, Daniel Brühl said the budget for this movie was so huge that you could make twenty films from it.” Guess they couldn’t manage to make more than one format that is watchable though.

    • Fenix

      It was fine in the regular theater.

    • Carl

      Were you watching a bad bootleg? It’s not like that in theaters.

      • Vegas82

        No, I was watching it in the theater.

        • Carl

          Then your theater messed up something because it’s not the movie.

          • Vegas82

            That’s depressing, guess I’ll go ask for ticket to the IMAX version to make up for them ruining the film.

  • unpaidpundit

    This movie does not quite live up to the hype, although it is not the monstrosity that is “Force Awakens.” Nonetheless, the viewer can feel the heavy hand of Disney corporate in the making of “Civil War.” The critics did not like “Batman v. Superman,” but clearly Disney execs thought it was impressive, and felt threatened by it. Someone at Disney got his hands on the script to “BvS,” or had a really good synopsis of it, and used that to guide their efforts on “Civil War.” “CW” is weakest where it tries to emulate “BvS.” Captain America should be overmatched by Iron Man, so when Cap wins the fight, I felt that I had seen that fight before. When Tony goes nuts over finding out who killed his mother, I had deja vu. Who else had an emotional response to the death of a mother? I hope Disney’s interference with “Civil War” does not presage their future behavior. That would be a good way to kill the superhero genre.

    • henryducard

      I thought the same thing. Cap almost gets killed by ironman in their first fight and has to have someone else disable ironmans suit in the second fight but in the film he made ironman look like a chump. In my opinion ironman is a chump though being the only team member constantly jumpy with PTSD and overreacting to everything while everyone else is cool. There was something satisfying about cap beating him down.

    • Marquis de Sade

      BvS was a 12 year old’s idea of “intelligent”, as well as a 12 year old’s idea of what dark & adult is. The movie was basically a cartoon, even it’s darkness was cartoonishly over the top (it almost felt like a Robot Chicken sketch minus the comedy). The characters were so flat, empty, & cliche that they never felt like real people. They only spoke in lifeless exposition. When the film ended it left zero impact whatsoever.

      Civil War felt far more real world and believable than BvS. The characters actually had believable motivations. Characters were written as people, not ‘Types’. That ending twist was simply soul shattering. At that point Civil War carried more humanity and more emotion than BvS or Man of Steel put together.

      • Carl

        I agree.

      • unpaidpundit

        There is no conspiracy. The Russo brothers have admitted that the story for Captain America III was changed when Disney heard that Warner Bros. was doing “Batman v. Superman.”

        https://heroichollywood.com/captain-america-civil-war-made-batman-v-superman/

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    • Carl

      Stopped reading this nonsense half way through. Civil War and The Force Awakens are both great movies and no one would ever copy that POS script BvS used.

      • breakerbaker

        I haven’t seen this, but Force Awakens is so far from great as to render this comment silly. I get why people like it. It’s not great.

        • Carl

          You’re allowed that opinion but the general consensus on both those movies is great.

          • breakerbaker

            The word great is generally overused. Force Awakens is a mostly enjoyable movie that benefits from nostalgia about the first films and general revulsion for the Prequels. It’s not even very good. But it’s a lot better than those that came immediately before it, so people who’ve lost perspective call it great.

          • Carl

            Nice job with the sly insult.

            People who like it but don’t want to admit it’s great are just being pretentious hipsters.

          • breakerbaker

            Hipster is such a cute slur. Lots of things are enjoyable without being great. Most things that are enjoyable aren’t great. That’s why there’s a difference between being good and great. And even okay and good.

  • Jose Vicente Lainez

    Just saw the movie and I was surprised on the similarities between it and BvS. I enjoyed both of the films a lot and appreciate the fact that one studio takes the graphic novel approach and the other studio, a lighter comic book approach. I felt that the atmosphere created by Marvel is perfect for the introduction of the new Spider-Man, my favorite part of the film. The way they wrote his role was near perfect!

  • ThomasM

    So no one is going to mention that CW made less than BvS on Friday despite all the hype? No one? Okay…

    • Marquis de Sade

      Oh don’t worry, cuz by this time next Sunday, CA:CW will have surpassed bvs overall box office gross, and will be knockin’ on the door of the billion dollar club.

  • So, despite the amazing 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, it fails to beat Batman v Superman on it’s opening weekend, which was fighting off a wave of bad press two days before it opened? Not to mention it failed to even top Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was garbage. Sounds to me like there’s beginning to be a little Marvel movie fatigue.

    The movie was nothing more than a filler movie, with a horrible villain, a few nice cameos and a decent battle. That’s it. They failed to end the movie the way it should have been done and we’re all going to just have to wait it out until Infinity War to see anything of substance. Marvel is just pumping filler till 2018.

    Better sit back and enjoy the redundant overused formula that they’ve used since Iron Man 2. At least we have a new Guardians of the Galaxy to tie us over.