The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the movie equivalent of a post-Super Soldier serum Steve Rogers, making Captain America: Civil War the bulging, helicopter-anchoring bicep capable of singlehandedly smashing the box office to smithereens.
The (not very) civil battle between Team Cap and Team Iron Man has now surpassed the mammoth milestone of $1 billion, joining an exclusive club in the process. Its success isn’t surprising, thanks to the rich context built across 12 preceding films, in addition to the much anticipated MCU debut of Spider-Man and the live-action debut of Black Panther.
But the Marvel powerhouse shouldn’t be taken for granted. Keeping a consistently high performing conveyor belt of critically and commercially successful movies isn’t easy, especially when the achievement is put into context.
Domestic Box Office Success
Out of the $1 billion haul, $347 million has been earned domestically, just over two weeks after its release. This makes it the second most successful film of 2016 so far, surpassing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which grossed $328 million, but still chasing the heels of Deadpool, which climaxed with $362 million.
Looking beyond domestic shores, internationally things look even brighter. The film has already broken into the top 20 highest grossing films of all time, leapfrogging over the likes of Jurassic Park (1993), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and perhaps more fittingly, The Dark Knight (2008) — which edged past the billion dollar barrier by just under $5,000.
A Marvellous Achievement
Within the realm of the MCU, Civil War now has the fourth highest gross, trailing the big three of The Avengers ($1.5 billion), Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion), and Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion). Guardians of the Galaxy completes the top five, with $773.3 million worldwide. In total, Civil War‘s success also lifted the MCU’s total gross to an eye watering $10.1 billion since 2008’s Iron Man.
And, much like Steve Rogers himself, the MCU shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, quite the contrary; Doctor Strange makes his introduction in November this year, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017.
Where would you rank Civil War amongst Marvel’s other movies?