Box Office: CIVIL WAR Now Biggest Movie of 2016, Nears $1 Billion

"Captain America: Civil War" poster
Credit: Marvel Studios
Credit: Marvel Studios

Updated May 18, 2016: Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War has surpassed Zootopia to become the highest grossing film of 2016, as it gets in sight of the $1 billion mark, according to Forbes. The Chris Evans-starrer has earned $306.6m domestically and $665.3m internationally, for a total of $971.9m; that just eclipses Zootopia's current box office of $971.036m.

If and when Civil War does reach the $1b mark, it will become the 25th film in history to do so - unadjusted for inflation, of course.

Although in the big picture Civil War has surpassed all other 2016, on the domestic front its $306.m figure lags slightly behind The Jungle Book's $312m, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's $328m, Zootopia's $332m and Deadpool's $362m.
 

Updated May 11, 2016: As Tuesday's ticket receipts are counted, Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War has already surpassed its predecessor, Captain America: Winter Soldier, with an estimated global take of $737.7 million to that 2014 film's $714.m, according to Deadline.

Domestically, Civil War earned an estimated $13.7m on Tuesday, which is up from Monday's $13.3m, for a total of $206.2m.

In international markets, the Chris Evans-starrer reportedly picked up an additional $18.8m.

At this rate the film should be approaching $800m by the start if its second weekend in the U.S. and China,  and finish the weekend well north of $900 with one billion in its sights.
 

Updated May 10, 2016: Variety now reports that Captain America: Civil War has reached $705.3 million at the global box office, with a domestic total of $192.5 million. It's second highest grossing market is China, where it has earned $104.6 million in just four days. So far the top earning film of 2016's is Disney's Zootopia with $958m.

On Monday, the Captain America "three"-quel earned $13.3m domestically, which outperforms Avengers: Age of Ultron on a daily comparison for the first time, as that 2015 film had a $13.22m first Monday. Domestically, Civil War has a four-day total of $192.5m.

Internationally, the Chris Evans starrer earned $18.8m for a total of $512.8m. China's aforementioned $104.6m leads the foreign markets, followed by South Korea ($54.3m), the United Kingdom ($40.6m), Mexico ($34.8m), and Brazil ($26.1m).

This puts Civil War on track to crack $1 billion at the global box office, though sources disagree when it may hit that mark. It would be the 25th film to do so.

 

Updated May 8, 2016: With Saturday's box office counted, Captain America: Civil War has earned $181.79m domestically and $496.6m internationally for a total of $678.39m, according to Deadline.

Barring any major surprises from Sunday's box office reports, Civil War failed to surpass Avengers: Age of Ultron's opening weekend - but some industry observers expect the generally higher reviews to give the 2016 stronger holding power.
 

Updated May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War is now officially showing in North America, and its Thursday night preview raked in a reported $25 million, according to Deadline. That places this unofficial Avengers sequel behind the official Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which had $27.6m from its Thursday debut. Civil War's IMAX screenings beat Age of Ultron's by a slim margin however, $3.1m to $3m.

The current projections for Civil War's domestic opening weekend are $180-$200m, which would place it in the same rarified air as Marvel's top opening weekends - Avengers's $207.4m and Age of Ultron's $191.27m. The question still to be answered is will Civil War have stronger Saturday and Sunday showings than Age of Ultron. That Avengers sequel opened stronger on Thursday and Friday, but the original performed stronger the remainder of the weekend. Civil War's generally higher pre-release reviews, and the fact that Civil War is the only major 2016 summer film opening with no major studio competition are factors in it possibly eclipsing Age of Ultron by Sunday. 

Civil War also opened in China on Friday (Thursday in North American time thanks to time zones), earning a projected $30.6m, according to Forbes. That charts as the fourth-largest opening for an American movie in that country, behind Furious 7 ($63m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($33.9m), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($33m). For comparison's sake, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a $21m take opening day in China.

Civil War has earned a combined $291m worldwide as of Friday morning, but not including its North American Thursday previews or opening day in China. In other words, the unofficial up-to-the-day total is $346.8m.
 

Updated May 2, 2016 at 9:21 a.m. EST: With Friday and Saturday's box office numbers in, Deadline reports that Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War has broke $200 million - $200.2m, to be exact. That number puts it just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron's international start last year, while setting all-time opening weekend records in Brazil, Mexico and the Phillipines.

According to Deadline, Disney's internal estimates have Civil War performing 5% below Age of Ultron, but 157% ahead of the previous Captain America film, Winter Soldier. Age of Ultron currently sits as the highest-grossing superhero film outside North America with $946m.
 

Updated April 29, 2016: Deadline now reports that Captain America: Civil War has grossed a total of $38.7 million overseas after the film premiered in 15 additional markets on Thursday. This puts the film on pace with Avengers: Age of Ultron in overseas markets. Age of Ultron is Marvel's highest grossing film internationally, and also the top-grossing superhero film overseas in general.

South Korea continues to be the top-grossing market for Civil War, bringing in a total of $7.7 million so far in two days of release. In Brazil, Civil War has the second highest film opening of all time on Thursday, just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opening 37% higher than Age of Ultron there. 

Australia opened with $2.3m and Germany with $1.9m on Thursday, 3% ahead and 1% behind Age of Ultron, respectively.

Captain America: Civil War opens in another eight international markets on Friday, including Mexico, Japan, and the United Kingdom. It will hit theaters in the largest remaining markets - China, Russia, and the United States - on May 6.
 

Original Story: Although still one week away from its North American release, Captain America: Civil War has earned $14.9 million in box offices from 15 foreign markets, according to Deadline. Although still very early in the opening release cycle, that figure places the sequel ahead not only of the previous Winter Soldier but also Warner Bros.'s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but behind Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Korea led the box office numbers in these early offshore markets, with $4.3m and a 91% market share. That number makes Civil War the country's third highest-grossing opening day of all time; only 5% behind Age of Ultron, but 323% ahead of the previous Cap film, Winter Soldier. For its part, Batman v Superman earned $1.7m for its opening day in Korea last month.

French audiences contributed $2.4m to Civil War's bottom line with its opening day figure, making it the biggest opening in that country this year. That $2.4m figure puts it 16% behind Age of Ultron's opening day in France, but 167% ahead of Winter Soldier. Batman v Superman earned a French opening day of $1.7m. 

While the returns couldn't be more prelimary, for context, The Winter Soldier earned $455m at the foreign box office, Dawn of Justice has so far accumulated $534m and Age of Ultron racked up $946m.

Civil War opens in more territories Thursday and Friday, and then in North America May 6.

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