Disney's Marvel superhero sequel posts best April opening ever, and with another $107 million from overseas, it has crossed $300 million globally in 10 daysDisney's Marvel superhero sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” powered into the record books with $96.2 million in its first three days at the box office this weekend, the largest April opening ever.
It finished well ahead of the $86.1 million that “Fast Five” posted in 2011, and is easily the year's top debut over the $69 million that “The Lego Movie” managed in February. It also beats the opening of the last Marvel superhero sequel from Disney, “Thor: The Dark World,” which rolled out with $85.7 million in November.
The big North American debut by “Captain America” is the latest example of the burgeoning box-office might of the Marvel empire, which was supercharged by “Marvel's the Avengers,” the 2012 blockbuster that became the third-highest grossing movie of all time. It first gave a boost to “Iron Man 3,” which opened to $178 million last May and went on to take in $1.2 billion worldwide, and then last year's “Thor: The Dark World,” which has brought in $645 million globally.