Box office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ triumphs with superheroic $181.8M – USA TODAY

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At the premiere of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ star and Marvel super-fan Clark Gregg explains, to our reporter’s mother, what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is.

It was hardly a box-office battle for Teams Cap and Iron Man.

Captain America: Civil War easily won the weekend with an enormous $181.8 million, according to studio estimates from comScore. That gives Marvel’s starry superhero face-off the fifth-biggest opening ever, falling just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million),The Avengers ($207.4 million),Jurassic World ($208.8 million) and Disney’s all-time champ, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million). Of those five, three are Marvel movies.

Combined with its international release a week earlier, Civil War has now earned $678.4 million globally. Already, it has made more than the superhero’s first big-screen foray, 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, did in its entire run ($176.7 million domestically). Its opening is also nearly $100 million more than its predecessor, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which started with $95 million in 2014.

Civil War pits Captain America (Chris Evans) against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.),and co-stars a squad of returning superheroes including Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson),Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner),Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). The movie has been a hit with critics (91% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers (92% say they liked it),guaranteeing long-term playability, says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

“This is such an awesome way to officially kick off summer,” Dergarabedian says. “It’s just a phenomenal movie with great word of mouth and excellent social-media buzz. A lot of people are figuring out that this is a de facto Avengers movie, and it goes beyond Captain America to incorporate other superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

By introducing Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and a new Spider-Man (Tom Holland) before their respective standalone films, what Marvel has done “is create this synergistic strategy, giving you a little taste of what they’re going to be like in their own movies,” he adds. “It’s a really effective way of getting people excited for those.”

Dropping to second place, Disney’s three-week champ The Jungle Book swung to $21.9 million in its fourth weekend, ruling the jungle with a huge $285 million total ($776.2 million worldwide). Jon Favreau’s CGI-heavy adventure (a remake of the 1967 animated classic) stars newcomer Neel Sethi as the orphaned Mowgli and features the voices of Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken.

At No. 3, critically panned romantic comedy Mother’s Day got an 8% uptick over the holiday weekend, bringing in $9 million after opening to $8.4 million last week. “That’s a good showing,” Dergarabedian says. “Obviously, this movie is completely keyed to this weekend and they’re in a good spot to capitalize on that.”

Rounding out the top five, The Huntsman: Winter’s War continued to nosedive at No. 4 with an icy $3.6 million ($40.4 million in three weeks),while R-rated comedy Keanu landed in fifth place with $3.1 million, bringing its haul to just $15.1 million in 10 days.

Final weekend numbers are expected Monday.

Box office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ triumphs with superheroic $181.8M – USA TODAY

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