Marvel can already start celebrating the spoils of war.
Captain America: Civil War is heading into the weekend with an estimated $75.2 million from Friday box office sales as its poised to take the top spot from The Jungle Book. These numbers, which Disney confirmed to EW, also include the $25 million the film scored from Thursday night screenings.
Bolstered by a positive critical reception, Civil War packs the hype of an Avengers-level event by featuring veteran characters, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), and welcoming Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
The film’s Friday numbers are still behind the initial domestic Friday results for The Avengers ($80.8 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($84.4 million), though they best Iron Man 3 ($68.9 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($36.9 million). Adding in international sales, Civil War is heading into the weekend with approximately $366.5 million.
The Avengers, Jurassic World, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens all broke the $200 million mark at the domestic box office during their opening weekends, and Civil War was predicted earlier in the week to join them. However, Friday’s box office results now put the film’s projected weekend total to within the $175-190 million range.
And the Civil War rages on.