ByMatt Kranis, writer at Creators.co
President of the Salacious Crumb Fan Club. Staff Writer at Movie Pilot. Twitter: @Matt_Kranis
Matt Kranis

Fans and critics alike have fallen in love with Captain America: Civil War, and while a wave of positive reactions made that obvious, nothing speaks quite like money.

According to Variety, the superhero movie is now the biggest film of 2016 worldwide, sitting at a cool $981.9 million, with expectations it will reach the $1 billion mark by the weekend.

Disney's Zootopia previously held the honor of being the year's highest earner, with an impressive $971 million in worldwide box office totals.

As would be expected, Civil War has been a huge hit domestically, with current US box office earnings at $310.5 million. Its major success has been helped by strong showings oversees, with $164.2 million earned in China and $60.7 million from North Korea contributing to $671.4 million in international totals.

Image Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios
Image Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios

Captain America: Civil War will be the 25th film to hit the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office and the seventh superhero film on the list. Other top-earning superhero films include The Avengers ($1.52 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.41 billion), Iron Man 3 ($1.22 billion), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.09 billion) and The Dark Knight ($1.04 billion).

While Civil War currently sits at the top of this year's box office totals, that honor might not last. More major superhero releases — like X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange — are due before the year's end. Outside of the superhero world, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story look to be top earners. With so many massive movies coming out, it looks like 2016 might be one of the biggest at the box office to date.

What do you think will be the top earning movie of 2016? Will Captain America: Civil War hold the title through the end of the year? Let us know in the comments.



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