It seems that as long as Marvel continues making movies, they'll continue to dominate the box office, and the comic giant's latest offering, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," is no exception.
Industry analysts are predicting that the sequel to 2011's "Captain America" will rake in between $80 and $85 million on its opening weekend next month, with more bullish prognosticators estimating it could make as much as $90 million. That's a big bump from the first flick, which took in $65 million in its initial outing, though such a stark increase in ticket sales has been a continuing Marvel trend in recent years.
Last year's "Iron Man 3" raked in $174 million, marking the second-highest opening of all time (behind Marvel's other colossal hit, "The Avengers," which made $207 million in 2012), and went on to make 95 percent more than "Iron Man 2." The "Thor" franchise has also enjoyed a spike, with "The Dark World" taking in 40 percent more than its predecessor and making $86 million on its opening weekend last fall.
Variety reports that analysts are also taking into account "Captain America"'s positive word of mouth -- a recent press screening elicited rave reviews -- and potentially broad reach, with stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Redford all appealing to different groups of moviegoers. While prognosticators will have to wait a few more weeks to see if their specific predictions pan out, it seems a safe bet that both analysts and audiences will be pretty happy once "The Winter Soldier" arrives.
(Marvel has also reportedly settled on a release date for "Captain America 3," putting the flick head-to-head with "Batman vs. Superman" on May 6, 2016. There's no telling who'll win that box office shoot-out, but expect lots of popcorn to fly that weekend.)
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opens April 4.
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