Last week, Marvel held its world premiere for Captain America: Civil War, as fans impatiently await this superhero adventure's arrival in theaters May 6. The early reviews have been quite positive thus far, with a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Many fans are wondering if the movie will break records at the box office. A new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the early tracking numbers are in, and that the movie could make anywhere between $175 million and $200 million over its three-day opening weekend next month.
If Captain America: Civil War manages to hit the $175 million projection, it will be the fifth highest opening weekend of all time, behind Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2 million), The Avengers ($207.4 million), Jurassic World ($208.8 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247.9 million). The movie will also be the only movie opening in wide release on May 6, and with the positive reviews posted thus far, it's not terribly surprising to hear that it could make between $175 million and $200 million. Still, we'll have to wait until the weekend of May 6 to find out for sure how well this third Captain America adventure fares in theaters.
Captain America: Civil War is set in the aftermath of Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Team Iron Man includes Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and the new characters T'challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Team Cap includes Captain America (Chris Evans), The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Captain America: Civil War also stars Frank Grillo as Crossbones, William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross, Daniel Brühl as the villainous Baron Zemo.
Captain America: Civil War will kick off the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Three, which will be followed by Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017), Spider-Man (July 7, 2017), Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017), Black Panther (February 16, 2018), Avengers: Infinity War Part I (May 4, 2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019), Avengers: Infinity War - Part II (May 3, 2019) and Inhumans (July 12, 2019).