Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened to a wide release today, and Marvel's follow up to Captain America: The First Avenger, has received stellar reviews from critics, making for what looks to be a promising weekend at the box office.
The Winter Soldier, which was released in select theaters last night, is currently holding firm with an 88% review by critics on popular review aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes. The origin story, Captain America: The First Avenger, which also earned positive reviews from critics, received a respectable but lower rating by the critics of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, while managing to rake in a respectable $370,569,774 worldwide. Marvel's re-introduction to one of comic's first superheros, surpassed its budget by over $230M, making it the "third highest-grossing motion picture set during the World War II era, after Saving Private Ryan and Pearl Harbor".
The sequel to the Marvel Studios 2011 hit, Captain America: The First Avenger, was released in select theaters last night (wide release today) and will be expected to perform well at the global box office after already earning $75.2M overseas as reported by Forbes earlier today. Marvel's latest title release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, could prove box office gold for the studio, as the viewers that have made it out to theaters to see the franchises' latest blockbuster so far, have given the sequel a 94% review on Rotten Tomatoes. The rating from audiences is an impressive 21% higher than viewers gave the original.
The Chris Evans led movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, also features Marvel favorites which include Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and introduces movie goers to Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The film which helps connect the pieces leading up to the Marvel Avenger's sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, has a few surprises, and also includes the studio's trademark post-credit teasers (two to be exact).
As the numbers begin to role in, most notably, the weekend box office reports, Marvel will likely have another blockbuster success to file away next to their other popular titles, most of which have made a mockery of the $300M box office mark.