It’s smashed its way to being the highest-grossing film of 2016 so far, and on Thursday the Marvel superhero extravaganza Captain America: Civil War passed another milestone, grossing $1bn at the worldwide box office.
Variety reports that the film is now the fourth Marvel movie to make over $1bn, having taken $314m in America, after 14 days in cinemas, and $677m in the rest of the world, where it has been out for 23 days.
Starring a bevy of superheroes played by actors including Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Tom Holland, the Captain America franchise has helped propel Marvel to a $10bn gross since the studio was relaunched in 2008 with a new raft of superhero movies, largely masterminded by producer Kevin Feige.
Captain America: Civil War still has some distance to go before it beats Marvel’s champion The Avengers, which in 2012 became the first of the studio’s movies to gross over $1bn. It went on to earn $1.5bn at the global box office and is the fifth-highest grossing film of all time. The No1 remains Avatar, which grossed $2.8bn.
This article was written by Guardian staff, for theguardian.com on Friday 20th May 2016 21.07 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010