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Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' continues box office dominance

EW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: (L-R) Actors Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans pose with Captain America during The NYSE Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange on April 1, 2014 in New York City.
EW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: (L-R) Actors Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans pose with Captain America during The NYSE Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange on April 1, 2014 in New York City.
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It is no secret that Marvel’s superhero movies have become a staple of the yearly parade of blockbuster movies. This year was no different. When “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was released, it was expected to fare well, but few expected it to break box office records. However, this is precisely what it did. A Sunday story by Time reveals that the epic superhero film starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson once again stayed on top of the box office listings.

The story states that the latest installment of the “Captain America” franchise earned 26 million in its third week on the domestic market. This was more than enough to best the competition. A Sunday story by The Washington Post reveals that the closest competitor was “Rio 2”, and it only earned $22 million. This was more than four million short of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.

Since its release, Marvel’s latest release has earned more than $200 million domestically, and this bests the original's by more than $25 million. The film’s major competition this weekend was “Transcendence” starring Johnny Depp. However, it proved to be a flop, and it marked the third time in a row that Johnny Depp has starred in an underwhelming film.

Interestingly, the success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is largely considered to be an attribute of audiences’ favor for brands that they have established histories liking. As the Marvel juggernaut continues to produce blockbuster after blockbuster. While many of these films have been panned by critics, they have been huge hits with American audiences.

Have you seen the latest “Captain America”? While most audiences seem to enjoy Marvel’s cinematic portrayal of these iconic comic book characters, some have expressed displeasure with certain specifics of the adaptations. Do you find these movies enjoyable interpretations of your favorite characters? If not, what would you change?