– by Joseph Jammer Medina

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR may have only hit the U.S. shores last weekend, but for much of the world, the film was already in its second weekend of release. As such, the film is definitely taken in quite a bit of money by this point.

According to Variety, the film has taken in north of $705 million worldwide, making it the 83rd highest grossing film of all time thus far.

Adding on to its $179.1 million opening in the U.S., the film took in $13.3 million on Monday, bringing the domestic four-day total to $192.5 million. The film currently leads BATMAN v SUPERMAN’s own four-day total — which was around $181 million — by a slim margin. That being said, the drop from its $42 million Sunday to Monday is quite substantial, bordering on 70%, which is not necessarily a good sign. Though it’s worth nothing that the Mondays following weekend releases are always unpredictable, and the true test will be this coming weekend.

There is a decidedly different critical and fan response between CIVIL WAR and the latest DC outing. Whereas BATMAN v SUPERMAN was largely disliked by critics and given a mixed response by fans, both fans and critics seem to love CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Given this difference, it’ll be interesting to see if CIVIL WAR’s decidedly more positive response will result in steadier legs in its later weekends. The drop for BATMAN v SUPERMAN from weekend one to weekend two was around 69%, which was largely seen as a result of the negative response. 

Given how much folks seem to have liked CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, one would expect this would result in a more substantial second weekend haul, but we’ll have to wait and see if this is truly the case, because as I stated above, its drop from Sunday to Monday was pretty immense. Perhaps this is proof that there were some other things at work for BATMAN v SUPERMAN that most weren’t taking into account. Superhero fatigue is something that many have been fearful of for some time. Is it possible that these latest films from Marvel and WB are reflecting the audience growing weary of these tales?

It’s obviously too early to tell. At this point, no one can argue that CIVIL WAR’s haul is disappointing, because you’d be foolish to call it as such at this point. $700 million worldwide is a heck of a lot of money, and what’ll be more interesting is if it’ll be able to hit AGE OF ULTRON numbers given how beloved it’s becoming among fans. When analyzing these numbers day-to-day, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, so we’ll have to wait until its second U.S. weekend before we see any real trends.

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SOURCE: Variety, Box Office Mojo (1), (2)

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.