Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War dominates box office

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People were clearly ready to return to the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this weekend. Opening weekend earnings for Marvel’s latest super hero clash “Captain America: Civil War” beat out all competitors with an estimated domestic total of $181 million. That’s the fifth largest domestic opening of all time, and the third largest Marvel opening (ahead of “Iron Man 3” and behind “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “The Avengers”).

International box office accrued another $220 million bringing the total to $496 million so far. Aided by that international opening a few weeks ago the movie has already racked up a super hero sized global box office of $678 million. For a movie that cost a rumored $250 million, it’s now well in the black and another huge win in 2016 for Disney.

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The good news continues for Disney. Its box office totals for 2016 are now over $1.1B domestic, and $2.2B international, letting the studios zoom past the $3.3B mark globally. This is the fastest any studio has ever made it to those marks.

With only two major releases next week, “Captain America: Civil War” has a good chance of ruling the box office roost next weekend as well. This is shaping up to be Disney’s best year by a long shot.

Previously: Our review of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.”