In Captain America: Civil War, Marvel's superhero ensemble find themselves in hot water thanks to the collateral damage their heroic exploits are causing. Which is apt, because just like a climatic scene in an Avengers movie, the film is about to make a serious, lasting impact on the box office.
This perhaps isn't surprising, considering the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a magnetism that attracts money quicker than you can say "Avengers assemble!" To date, their concoction of well received superhero tales has generated billions and billions of dollars.
A Shot At Over $200 Million?
Civil War, the thirteenth movie in the MCU, is now on the horizon, ushering in the third phase of the comic book movie juggernaut, and looks set to become one of the most successful films of all time. Early predictions are placing an opening weekend between $170m and $180m, which would place it in the coveted top five.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a Force to be seriously reckoned with upon its release, and currently has a top spot with $247.9m. Jurassic World fetched $208.8m, while the rest of the spaces are taken by Marvel properties: The Avengers ($207.4m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2m), and Iron Man 3 ($174.1m).
Should Civil War hit these estimations, it would also far exceed the performance of the previous two Captain America movies: The First Avenger opened at $65m, while Winter Soldier gathered $95m on its opening weekend.
In an interview with Variety, movie box office guru Eric Handler, an analyst at MKM Partners, speculated on the film's success, believing it could go even further than the above predictions:
“It’s tough to predict any movie getting above $200 million, but this one has a shot. They have two weeks of good buzz to build on and the marketing machine behind this is going to be huge.”
Critics v Box Office: Round Two
Box office predictions are notoriously tricky, although all the signs suggest that Civil War will garner a shed load of interest. Although Captain America by name, the film is rich with an A-list ensemble of some of the biggest superhero names in history.
Chris Evans will return as the titular character, Robert Downey Jr. will appear as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and, the pièce de résistance comes in the web-slinging form of Tom Holland's Spider-Man, making his debut in the MCU.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has gone on to prove that the critics don't always reflect box office predictions. Despite scathing reviews, it opened to $166m and has currently grossed $829.3m worldwide. That being said, early reviews of Civil War are glowingly positive, with the film currently rating at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
'Captain America: Civil War' will be released on May 6th.
Do you think 'Civil War' can open to $170m or over?