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.