Captain America: Civil War
Marvel Studios and Disney’s "Captain America: Cvil War" launched to a mighty US$ 181.8 million in North America, kicking off the summer box office in stratosphere style and scoring the fifth-best opening of all time, as well as the top launch of 2016 to date.

Overseas, where it began opening last weekend, Civil War took in another US$ 220 million for a foreign total of US$ 496.6 million and worldwide haul of US$ 678 million after just 12 days in release. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, "Civil War" is all but assured of becoming the first release of 2016 to jump the US$ 1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

The critically acclaimed superhero film continues Disney domination, between Lucasfilms' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (the movie opened in late December but stayed a huge player in the first part of the new year), "The Jungle Book" and "Zootopia."

In terms of opening-weekend rankings, "Civil War" shot past "Iron Man 3" (US$ 174 millino) to rank No. 5 behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (US$ 248 million), "Jurassic World" (US$ 208.8 million), "The Avengers" (US$ 207.4 million) and "Age of Ultron" (US$ 191.3 million), not accounting for inflation. Put another way, Disney claims four the five top openings ("Jurassic World" was released by Universal).

"Civil War" is more Avengers-like in feel than the previous two standalone Captain America films, and it showed: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" debuted to US$ 95 million, while "Captain America: The First Avenger" opened to US$ 65.1 million.

"Civil War" sees the Avengers fractured and forced to choose sides between Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) when the government tries to control the superheroes. Many of the other Avengers stars appear in the movie, including Downey, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner. Plus, new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) make their debuts.

Costing U$ 250 million to make, "Civil War" is the 13th title in the MCU, and cost US$ 250 million. In addition to being embraced by critics — it currently shows 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a strong number for a popcorn movie — it also won over audiences, who gave it an A CinemaScore. And moviegoers under the age of 25 gave it an A+. The tentpole skewed male (60 percent).

Heading into the weekend, Disney tried to keep expectations in check by suggesting a domestic debut in the US$ 175 million range. Many box-office analysts were more bullish, saying it had a shot of crossing US$ 190 million, on par with "Age of Ultron." Still, the movie did not have Avengers in the title, and it’s initial performance is considered a huge win by analysts and rival studios.