The cinema ticket sales website Fandango just published its 5 Most Anticipated Movies of Summer survey, and the Marvel money men are probably booking their fifth and sixth yachting vacations off the south coast of France as we speak.
Here's the full top 5:
1. [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) (May 6)
2. Independence Day Resurgence (June 24)
3. Jason Bourne (July 29)
4. [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) (May 27)
5. Suicide Squad (August 5)
As you can see, the list packs precisely zero surprises, the world is loving its superheroes, and generally speaking the closer a movie is to its release date, the higher the anticipation. As you'd expect, Finding Dory is the most anticipated "family film" while Ghostbusters is the most-hyped comedy.
Dom Pérignon for all! Well, not you or I, obviously. Just the men in suits.
How Much Coin Will 'Civil War' Actually Make?
Fandango's list is based on advance ticket sales, which is usually a pretty good way of predicting the general ball-park in which a movie's opening weekend figures will land. Civil War has higher advance sales than any other Marvel movie, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opened with $191m last April.
A figure close to the $200m mark would also give Marvel a massive edge over its arch rival DC, whose critically-burned Batman v Superman opened big with $180m. That movie fell off fast due to poor word of mouth ratings, but with 84 on Metacritic, it seems the critics are totally on board for Civil War, suggesting it'll have decent legs and easily go north of $1bn globally.
Will it top The Avengers's eye-watering international total of $1.52bn? I don't know, man!
Captain America: Civil War arrives April 27 in most European countries and May 6 in North America. Go see it and help pay off Kevin Feige's mortgage.