While fans in North America still have to wait five more days for Captain America: Civil War to hit theaters, the first Marvel Phase Three movie got off to an impressive start with its international box office debut. This highly-anticipated superhero adventure took in an impressive $200.2 million in 37 international markets this weekend, setting the stage for a massive debut in the U.S. Early box office tracking data suggests that Captain America: Civil War could take in anywhere between $175 million and $200 million in its opening weekend starting May 6.
Deadline reports that Captain America: Civil War's $200.2 million international debut is just under the $202 million earned last summer by Avengers: Age of Ultron, which went on to take in $459 million domestically and a record-breaking $946.4 million internationally, the highest ever for a superhero movie, for a worldwide total of $1.4 billion. This weekend's debut represented 63% of its international markets, with the movie opening in China, Russia, Italy and Argentina next week.
Steve Rogers leads a newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. The action is set in the aftermath of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Following another incident involving the Avengers that 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 and William Hurt, reprising his role from The Incredible Hulk as Thaddeus Ross.
Captain America: Civil War will kick off the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Three, which will be followed by Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016). Next up will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017), followed by 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) and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II (May 3, 2019). The studio recently pushed Inhumans out of its July 12, 2019 release date, which was originally slated to be the last Phase Three movie, but the project doesn't have a new release date at this time. Stay tuned for more on Captain America: Civil War's box office run, as we get ready for the May 6 domestic debut.