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Disney and Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War opened to a stellar $14.9 million Wednesday as it rolled out in 15 foreign markets, placing No. 1 everywhere and coming in not far behind 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. In South Korea ($4.3 million), the Philippines ($1.5 million) and Hong Kong ($1.1 million), Civil War scored the No. 3 opening of all time. And in France, it nabbed the top opening day of 2016 so far with $2.4 million.
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 than the previous Captain America films, and it’s already paying off. 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).
In the markets where it opened Wednesday, the movie came in dramatically ahead of Winter Soldier, or 323 percent in South Korea and 167 percent in France, for example.
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.
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