Steve Rogers is officially the captain of the box office. On Sunday, April 6 Variety reported that the highly anticipated Marvel sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" brought in over ninety-six million dollars at the box office, breaking the April record for films released in the United States. The film which previously held the record was "Fast Five," with thirty-four million in 2011.
The action adventure film was released in just under four thousand theaters nationwide, and brought in ten million in Thursday midnight screening alone. The film has received positive reviews from critics and fans, with extensive marketing and word of mouth helping the box office total climb to thirty-seven million on Friday.
The sequel has already done twice as well as the original film, "Captain America: The First Avenger," which was released in 2011. The film was released in 2D, 3D, and 3D IMAX theaters, but only one third of the total came from 3D or IMAX showings. As far as Marvel movies go, "Iron Man 3" was the biggest opening day with nearly seventy million, but Steve Rogers still brought in more than the thirty million opening day gross from "Thor 2."
The sequel also did well overseas, bringing in over two hundred million worldwide at the box office this weekend. However, some countries released the film a week before the United States, so the total gross for the film worldwide is three hundred million. A third film in the franchise is planned for 2016 and the character is also expected to appear in the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and its sequel.
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