Was there ever any doubt that Captain America: Civil War would be a gargantuan hit? It will likely be one of the top five movies of 2016, if not the number one money earner. But just how high will it fly is still anybody's guess. And at this point, it looks likely that it won't break any substantial summer box office records. The first Marvel Phase 3 movie is pacing last year's Avenger's Age of Ultron, which isn't a bad thing at all. Though, it probably won't reach the heights of Disney's 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

While we won't get to see Team Cap and Team Iron Man tussle on American shores until this Friday, the movie opened early in several international territories this past week, including an additional eight markets yesterday. The movie is now playing in 38 territories across the globe, and is #1 in all of them. It is currently tracking on par with last May's Avengers 2, which continues to stand as the highest-ever grossing superhero movie in all foreign lands. It pulled in $946 million overseas. Thus far, Captain America: Civil War has earned $84 million in just three short days according to Deadline.

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The international highlights include Korea with $12.6M, Mexico with $7.3M, UK with $7.0M, Brazil with $5.4M, France with $5.2M, Australia with $4.5M, Philippines with $3.8M, Taiwan with $3.8M, Germany with $3.7M, Hong Kong with $3.2M, Japan with $2.8M, Thailand with $2.7M, and Malaysia with $2.2M. It has pulled in a nice firm $19.8M from the 25 markets it is current;y screening in. As it stands, Avengers: Age of Ultron is the 9th highest grossing domestic release of all time. And number 7 on the worldwide charts.

Directed by The Russo Bros., who many believe directed the best Marvel movie to date with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel's Civil War is predicted to pull in $190M+ during its first opening weekend in the states. If it comes in lower than expected, it will not be able to beat the opening weekend gross of 2012's The Avengers, which cleared its first three days in release with $207.4M. It should come pretty close to last year's Avenger's: Age of Ultron, which brought in $191.3M right out of the gate. Those two Marvel movies are the 3rd and 4th biggest domestic openings of all time. It's possible that Captain America 3 could soar above $200M, knocking Ultron down a peg.

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 next Friday, 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).

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