The Avengers are probably better when they fight side by side, but a division between the team has resulted in success, at least at the box office. Following a strong two weeks after opening on May 6, Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is now the top-earning movie around the world this year.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Disney release is the biggest global movie of 2016, having made $310.5 million domestically and $671.4 million internationally for a worldwide total of $981.9 million so far. The film passed Disney’s “Zootopia,” which has taken home $971.3 million globally since its March 4 release.
EW reports the movie is expected to take in over $1 billion, which would make it the first film to do so this year. However, even though it leads around the world, it’s behind domestically. “Deadpool,” from Marvel/20th Century Fox, remains on top with $362.6 million, followed by “Zootopia” ($332.3 million), DC/Warner Bros.’ “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” ($328.2 million) and Disney’s “The Jungle Book” ($314 million).
The possibility that “Captain America: Civil War” will end up the highest grosser of 2016 is good, but there are major movies coming out that could challenge it. “X-Men: Apocalypse,” from Marvel and Fox, arrives May 27 and its numbers could be high, especially after 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” earned over $748 million worldwide, according to IMDb. Marvel will release (through Disney) the next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange,” on Nov. 4.
DC Comics will look to rebound after the criticism of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” with “Suicide Squad,” which hits theaters Aug. 5.
“Star Wars” fans are also expected to flock to theaters when Lucasfilm/Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” arrives on Dec. 16. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took home a whopping $2 billion globally and $936.3 million domestically, but with “Rogue One” coming so late in the year, it might not be able to challenge “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016.
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