People have had a full weekend to take in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in multiple overseas markets, and the latest solo adventure of the Star-Spangled Avenger have racked up $75.2 million in foreign box office receipts so far.
What does that mean exactly? It’s hard to say, as there’s no way to do an apples-to-apples comparison between this movie and Captain America: The First Avenger when it comes to overseas ticket sales. That’s because the first Cap flick opened in the U.S. and just a few foreign markets (Italy, for some reason, was one) on the same July weekend in 2011.
This time around, people outside the U.S. are seeing it before America, where it opens on April 4. Perhaps the best weekend to compare it to was July 27-29 of 2011, when The First Avenger opened in 31 different countries a week after iis domestic debut and racked up around $46 million in ticket sales on its way to a total foreign gross of just under $194 million.
A more interesting way to look at it is that the foreign opening of The Winter Soldier beat out the domestic opening for The First Avenger, which bodes well for it making more money that its predecessor overall. Reviews have been excellent so far (93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment), and considering that Thor: The Dark World out-earned the first Thor by 14 percent despite getting worse critical reviews, the folks at Marvel have to be excited about the potential here.
(all stats via Box Office Mojo)