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Captain America: Civil War finally opens in theaters across the United States tomorrow, but the movie has already been seen by quite a few people, and we’re not just talking about critics and fan screenings. Last week, it was released in various international markets, and has already performed impressively. As of this writing, the latest MCU entry has wracked up over $200 million.
In a little over seven days, Box Office Mojo reports that Captain America: Civil War has grossed around $261.6 million. The countries with the biggest opening weekends include the United Kingdom, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil. Those numbers are going to keep growing, and even without accounting for the U.S. market, the movie could more than earn back its $250 million budget. It’s also worth noting that even though the third Captain America installment hasn’t opened in the United States, it’s already ticket site Fandango’s #1 pre-selling superhero movie of all time.
Of course, just because a movie earns a lot of money domestically or overseas doesn’t mean it will be a good movie (I’m looking at you, Transformer 4), but fortunately for fans and casual moviegoers, Captain America: Civil War won’t have to worry about that. For nearly a month, it’s earned overwhelmingly positive reviews, and it currently ranks at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes among 216 reviews. While fans may argue about which of the MCU movies were the worst, the franchise has yet to deliver a true bomb, and Captain America: Civil War, a.k.a. the beginning of Marvel’s Phase Three slate, won’t have to worry about taking that title. In fact, many are calling it one of the best superhero movies ever.
Following the events of The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War will kick off with the Steve Rogers and the other Avengers dealing an international incident involving Crossbones that results in collateral damage. Taking that into account, along with the other incidents involving the Avengers, the world’s governments pass the Sokovia Accords, which requires the regulation of enchanted individuals. While folks like Tony Stark believe it’s right for superheroes to be put in check, others like Steve Rogers believe the safest hands are their own. This disagreement will lead both established heroes and newcomers like Black Panther and Spider-Man to form two sides and clash over their ideological differences. Meanwhile, the still-mysterious main antagonist Zemo will be plotting his own schemes against Steve Rogers, just like his comic book counterpart loves to do.
As is normally the case with big blockbusters nowadays, Captain America: Civil War will be available for viewing in various ares around the U.S. this evening, but if you can’t catch it then, it will be widespread by tomorrow.