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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Marvel Studios is getting ready to pop some champagne bottles.

The studio is getting ready to release CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and it’s looking to be the biggest film in that particular series. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER opened to $65 million, followed by CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER– which brought in $95 million. This time around, Cap will be joined by several super-powered friends, and the expected haul for the film, domestically, is $175 million.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that figure could go as high as $200 million, based on the strength of the current tracking numbers. Awareness is high; Reviews are fantastic; and the Marvel brand has never been stronger. Mix in the fact that this will feature the MCU debut of Spider-Man, and it’s a perfect storm for the studio. 

The international figure isn’t being discussed at the moment, but they’re definitely something to look out for. Something I’ve cited recently is AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, which opened to $392 million worldwide without opening in China, then opened there two weeks later where it picked up another $150+ million in that country alone. This time around, Marvel is giving the film a simultaneous international release that includes China, meaning that the worldwide number could be fairly astronomical. 

Domestically-speaking, a $175 million bow would be the fifth best opening of all time. It would place CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR behind STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, JURASSIC WORLD, THE AVENGERS, and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.  Considering that ULTRON made $191 million in its opening weekend, it’s possible that CIVIL WAR could surpass it for fourth place- if the folks predicting $200 million are correct. 

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. 

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. 

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

SOURCE: THR

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.