The month of May might be heating up, but it's raining dollar bills over at Marvel HQ.
Ninety percent of tickets sold by Fandango for this coming weekend are for [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), and if that's not exactly the shock of the century, Marvel will be pretty overjoyed to see that the early signs indicate Civil War could make as much money as Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Fandango surveyed more than 1000 fans, of which 68 percent said they planned to see Civil War more than once. A glowing 8.5/10 score on IMDb combined with a record box office in Europe — in Germany, the movie took more in one weekend than The First Avenger made in total — should have Marvel fanboys emptying their bank accounts (or piggy banks) until [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) comes along.
According to Deadline, the industry estimates that Civil War will take between $190–200 million in the US on its opening weekend. But how do these figures compare with previous superhero openings from Marvel, DC and Fox?
Check out the below infographic to compare and contrast opening weekends (US only) and total box office (in brackets, international) for five of the biggest superhero flicks released in the last two years.
It's a rough science, but if Civil War does open north of $190 million, it's probably fair to assume it will make $1 billion globally at the very least, possibly even approaching the $1.4 billion of Age of Ultron.
The Avengers is still Marvel's biggest, with $1.5 billion in the bank. Keep trying, DC.
Civil War opens on Thursday night in the US. Want a sneak peek at the post-credits scenes? Check out Civil War Has Marvel's Best Post-Credits Scene So Far.