The juggernaut of Captain America: Civil War is tearing shit up across North America as you read this, with the awesome battles (and it really is awesome) between Teams Cap and Iron Man scoring a weekend-winning $181.8 million at the domestic box office.
But what does it being in MCU's third opening weekend place mean? Huh? The best way to chart its success is to compare it to its fellow members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's a surprisingly easy art. You don't need the power of precognition to tell $181.8M is really, really good news for the total box office forecast of Civil War.
Let's take a look at the stats:
1. Marvel's The Avengers: $207.4 million
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron: $191.2 million
3. Captain America: Civil War: $181.8 million
4. Iron Man 3: $174.1 million
5. Iron Man 2: $128.1 million
6. Iron Man: $98.6 million
7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: $95 million
8. Guardians of the Galaxy: $94.3 million
9. Thor: The Dark World: $85.7 million
10. Thor: $65.7 million
11. Captain America: The First Avenger: $65 million
12. Ant-Man: $57.2 million
13. The Incredible Hulk: $55.4 million
The final box office figure almost always tallies with the position on the MCU league table from the opening weekend. With the exception of The First Avenger, which slipped from 11th to 12th place behind Ant-Man, and Iron Man 2 falling just one place behind Iron Man in total box office gross, all the movies held the same position in the final box office as in the opening weekend. Ergo, Civil War should remain third between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3.
The explosive success of Civil War's opening has already pushed it ahead of the final figures of three MCU pictures. It also thrashed the average MCU opening weekend sum of $115.6 million by $66.2 million. But the real question is, who is pulling in the crowds — Steve Rogers or Tony Stark?
Are you going to watch Civil War to see Team Cap or Iron Man?
Source: Box Office Mojo