Early Box Office Predictions: Captain America: Civil War Will Slay Batman v Superman

Friday, 15 April 2016 - 5:39PM
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Friday, 15 April 2016 - 5:39PM
Early Box Office Predictions: Captain America: Civil War Will Slay Batman v Superman
It's a little too early for official box office tracking, but a few reports have started to come in, and prospects are looking great for Captain America: Civil War. New reports from various outlets estimate that Civil War will end up making well over a billion dollars globally, and will beat Batman v Superman in its opening weekend, making $220 million domestically compared to BvS's $166 million.

According to Forbes, extremely conservative estimates for Civil War track it to make approximately $760 million worldwide, which is a respectable haul for a third Captain America movie (Winter Soldier, by comparison, made $714 million. But considering the huge cast and rave reviews, it's much more likely that it will behave more like an Avengers 3, in which case it's looking at approximately $1.3-1.6 million globally. Which means that with a little bit of luck, it will beat out Avengers for the highest-grossing Marvel movie and become the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time. This compared to Batman v Superman's $800 million haul so far, and while it's still in theaters, it isn't projected to reach even the $1 billion mark.

It's not surprising that Civil War would ultimately beat BvS at the box office, considering that its reception has been much, much more positive, so one would expect more repeat viewings. But it would be a little bit of a surprise if it beat BvS in its opening weekend, as Heroic Hollywood's sources predict. Batman v Superman boasts arguably the two best-known superheroes in the world (three if you count Wonder Woman), but Civil War's hype still seems to be matching BvS. 

This would be very bad news for the DCEU. While Batman v Superman is performing well for a normal blockbuster, it would not bode well for their ability to compete with the MCU if their huge tentpole film couldn't compete with what's technically a solo movie of a much lesser-known superhero. I'm a DC fan myself, so I'm hoping they get back on track, but after rushing into Batman v Superman without doing the legwork, it's not looking good for them.
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