For Marvel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the gift that just keeps giving. After stellar reviews and a strong international opening weekend last week (and of course, it deserves it on account of being really quite good), the superhero sequel has brought home the box office bacon on its domestic opening weekend.
The Winter Soldier earned a hefty $96.2 million on its domestic opening weekend in the US – smashing through Fast Five‘s April opening weekend record. That’s well up on The First Avenger‘s $65M back in 2011 (once again, thank Avengers for the hefty box office bump), and smashes past Thor: The Dark World‘s opening weekend (justice is served) of $85M.
Internationally, Cap is also cleaning up with $107.1M currently – the big player being China, every movie studio’s new favourite country, with an impressive $39M on opening weekend. Following are Korea with $20M, the good ol’UK with $18M, Mexico with $16M and France with $12M. Clearly despite that all-American sheen, international markets are still keen for a slice of Marvel Studios action. Who wouldn’t be?*
As Cap charges on in a relatively barren April, we could end up with an impressive total of over $600M by the time the run’s over – unless our webbed friend has anything to say about it on May 2…
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out now everywhere, so go watch it if you haven’t already. If you have watched it, watch it again.
*Maybe really devout DC fans, who might now store a special hatred for Cap due to Captain America 3 sharing Batman vs Superman‘s release date.