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'Captain America: Civil War' box office hits $182 million opening

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Zade Rosenthal

Summer blockbuster season is officially here — and Marvel has continued its box office reign.

Captain America: Civil War opened in North America this weekend to an estimated $181.8 million, the fifth biggest domestic opening in history. As a result, Marvel now holds four of the six largest domestic openings of all time.

Globally, Civil War scored a total of $401.8 million this weekend, and after its select international opening last week, the third Captain America film now boasts a worldwide total of $678.4 million after just 12 days.

Even though it now holds the biggest domestic opening of 2016, Civil War, which debuted in 4,226 domestic locations, failed to surpass last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Joss Whedon film also opened on the first weekend in May and earned $191.3 million from North American theaters. While some early predictions suggested that Civil War might become the fourth movie in box office history to cross $200 million in its opening frame (behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Marvel’s The Avengers), Civil War ended up falling short. Despite that miss, however, Civil War earned an excellent A CinemaScore grade, the same as Age of Ultron, which suggests that the clash between Team Cap and Team Iron Man should have long legs.

The big Civil War debut also reinforces the fact that when it comes to box office openings, May basically belongs to Marvel. Marvel now holds all four of the biggest May domestic openings in box office history.

On IMAX screens, Civil War raked in $16 million domestically and $31.3 million worldwide, bringing its global total to $45 million. In China alone, it earned $10 million on IMAX screens, putting it up against Transformers: Age of Extinction as the best-ever Chinese IMAX opening.

Disney took the top two spots at the domestic box office as The Jungle Book finally fell to second in its fourth weekend. Jon Favreau’s live-action adventure earned another $21.9 million domestically and $46 million worldwide. To date, The Jungle Book has reeled in a domestic total of $285 million and a global total of $776.2 million.

Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day took third place, and the timely rom-com actually grew 8 percent in its second weekend, earning $9 million. After two weekends in theaters, it’s earned $20.7 million domestically.

As for the rest of the holdovers, most of them got steamrolled by Civil War. The Huntsman: Winter’s War dropped 63 percent in its third weekend, earning $3.6 million. Its domestic total is now at $40.4 million.

Fifth place went to Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s R-rated cat comedy Keanu, which fell 67 percent in its second weekend to $3.1 million. Its domestic total is now at $15.1 million.

As for the other superhero-versus-superhero brawl in theaters right now? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice plummeted 73 percent, earning only $1 million in its seventh weekend. Its domestic total now stands at $327.3 million.

Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:

1. Captain America: Civil War — $181.8 million

2. The Jungle Book — $21.9 million

3. Mother’s Day — $9 million

4. The Huntsman: Winter’s War — $3.6 million

5. Keanu — $3.1 million

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