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The showdown between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man is about to begin.
On Wednesday, Disney and Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War begins rolling out internationally, where it could fly past $200 million by the end of Sunday, on par with the international launch of Avengers: Age of Ultron ($212 million).
Civil War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, is opening in numerous foreign markets a week ahead of its May 6 launch in North America, where it’s likewise expected to pull in massive numbers. It currently boasts a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (if that holds, it will be the best-reviewed Marvel film to date).
The movie opens 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, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, 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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