The Marvel and Disney tentpole is the top-selling April title in Fandango's 14-year history, eclipsing "Fast Five"; overseas, the movie has already crossed the $100 million mark.
If the pace of advance ticket sales is any indication, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to score the top April opening of all time and cross $90 million in its North American debut this weekend. Some even wonder if it could approach $100 million.
On Thursday, the $170 million sequel became the top-selling April title in Fandango's 14-year history, eclipsing Universal's Fast Five, which debuted to $86.2 million in late April 2011. Fandango rival MovieTickets.com is also reporting brisk sales.
Overseas, the critically acclaimed tentpole is already a hit, racing past the $100 million mark on Wednesday after scoring $75.2 million last weekend from 32 markets. Captain America 2 opens in Russia and Australia on Thursday, and in China on Friday.
In North America, Marvel and Disney are essentially kicking off the box-office summer season a month early by deciding to open Captain America 2 on the first weekend in April.
Any domestic opening above $80 million or $85 million would be a rousing number for the movie, which looks to benefit from the post-Avengers glow. Like the first Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger launched to roughly $65 million domestically in July 2011. But the wild success of 2012's The Avengers has seen fortunes rise for the Iron Man and Thor franchises (Thor: The Dark World opened to $85.7 million last November). The same is expected for The Winter Soldier, particularly since it is receiving stellar reviews.
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