Box-Office Milestone: 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' Sails Past $600 Million Worldwide
UPDATED: With the sequel on course to eclipse the $668 million earned worldwide by Superman pic "Man of Steel," sources reiterate Disney has no intention of moving the next "Captain America" in order to avoid a direct showdown with "Batman-Superman."
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier marched past the $600 million mark at the global box office Tuesday as it continues to outpace the first film by nearly 160 percent. The movie is destined to take in more than $700 million by the end of its run, likely making it the No. 9 superhero title of all time.
Based on the the sequel's performance, sources say Disney still has no plans to move Captain America 3 off of its May 6, 2016 release date. That's the same day that Warner Bros. Superman-Batman film is set to debut, setting the stage for an epic superhero showdown (Disney claimed the date first). Man of Steel took in a total of $668 million worldwide.
In another milestone, Captain America 2 has crossed $100 million in China, the movie's second-highest-grossing territory after North America, where it has earned $205.3 million.
Overseas, Captain America 2 -- starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson -- has earned $396.3 million to date for a worldwide total of $601.6 million through Tuesday.
Released in 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger took in $371 million globally. The sequel, which has also surpassed the entire lifetime earnings of Iron Man ($585 million) and the first Thor ($449 million), will more than double that number by the end of its run. And it should soon surpass the second Iron Man ($623.9 million) and sequel Thor: The Dark World ($644.8 million).
Other top-grossing countries are the U.K. ($28.6 million), South Korea ($28.4 million), Mexico ($23.5 million), Brazil ($17.9 million) and France ($17.1 million).