The new ‘Captain America’ movie is already No. 1 at the box office overseas


Compiled By Nsiiro Jacob

Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War” opened a stellar $14.9 million Wednesday as it rolled out in 15 foreign markets, placing No. 1 everywhere and almost matching “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” “Civil War,” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, could amass $200 million or more by Sunday, days before it launches in North America on May 6. It currently boasts a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (if that holds, it will be the best-reviewed Marvel film to date). The movie is rolling out in roughly 63 percent of the foreign marketplace this weekend, including France, South Korea, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Japan and the U.K. Major markets opening day-and-date with the U.S. include China, Russia and Italy.

Looking at other comps, “Iron Man 3” debuted to $160 million offshore, while “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” took in $78 million. “Civil War” is bigger in scope that the previous Captain America films. Chris Evans returns in the title role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, while a wide array of other Marvel superheroes appear in the film, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). The film sees the Avengers fractured into opposing factions when the government wants to intervene and control the superheroes. One faction is led by Captain America and the other by Iron Man. Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman, William Hurt and Daniel Bruhl also star.