Could this be Marvel's best movie yet? Signs point to yes.
Captain America is about to score big in the US – so big in fact, that it might be vying for the title of 2014’s top grossing debut. According to people, who know a lot about movies and are much better at maths than this humble staff writer, the red, white and blue superhero, alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new character – the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) – is poised to earn Marvel over $90 million or more in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada. This information, quoted via the LA Times, is based on pre-release audience surveys.
Check out the trailer for Winter Soldier below.
The Winter Soldier cost $170 million to make and is a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. The movie owes an even bigger part of its success to the fact that it is an unmissable part of Marvel’s juggernaut Avengers franchise. Given the fact that the franchise also includes runaway successes like Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and of course, The Avengers, Captain America’s profits are actually quite modest – comparatively.
Bad day? This picture of Cap/Chris Evans looking all pensieve might help.
Iron Man 3 came in second in 2013, while 2012’s Avengers holds the title for that year’s top earner. Later on, Thor: The Dark World launched with $86 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend and ended up with more than $200 million domestically, despite the risky move of launching two superhero flicks so close together.
Watch the trailer for the 2011 original below.
Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo directed The Winter Soldier, which also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford.