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Captain America tops US box office

Associated Press Associated Press 8/05/2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - What superhero fatigue? Disney and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, the 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has strong-armed its way to becoming the fifth-highest domestic opening ever according to comScore estimates Sunday.

The film grossed a massive $US181.8 million this weekend, bumping Iron Man 3 out of the top five all time debuts. Civil War now ranks right below Marvel's The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hold the third and fourth place spots.

It's nearly double the opening of the previous Captain America film, The Winter Soldier, which opened to $95 million in April 2014, but that is at least partially attributable to the fact that Civil War is basically an Avengers movie in disguise.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Civil War sees an ideological showdown between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) and is packed to the brim with Avengers old and new. It's been very well-received by critics and, now, audiences, who gave the film a promising "A" CinemaScore, which should bode well for the film's longevity. Audiences were 59 percent male and mostly adults. Teens made up only 11 percent of the audience.

"Civil War" cost a hefty $250 million to produce but has already far-surpassed that thanks to a healthy international debut last weekend and a big bump from China this weekend. The superhero showdown has earned $678.4 million globally to date.

Great reviews and word of mouth will surely distinguish Civil War from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which, by comparison, opened to $166 million in late March but fell sharply over the subsequent weekends. That film has earned $327.3 domestically million to date and this weekend placed 10th with $1 million.

The top ten films at US and Canadian cinemas*

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.

6. Barbershop: The Next Cut, $2.7 million.

7. Zootopia, $2.7 million.

8. The Boss, $1.7 million.

9. Ratchet and Clank, $1.5 million.

10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, $1 million.

* Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. All figures in US dollars.

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