Captain America: Civil War shows its box office might


Captain America: Civil War has started setting records just days after it was released.

The superhero caper, which stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson, has yet to open in America but it gave a preview of its might in 37 international territories over the weekend, taking in an estimated $200.2 million (£137 million).

That includes record openings in Mexico, Brazil and the Philippines for the film some expect to be the year's biggest hit.

Once it lands Stateside, Disney will have accounted for three of the top five movies of the year, along with The Jungle Book and Zootopia.

The Jungle Book is currently reigning at the US box office, trouncing a handful of underperforming new releases to rule for a third consecutive week.

Jon Favreau's live-action Rudyard Kipling adaptation earned $42.4 million (£29 million) in its third week at North American theatres, according to studio estimates. One of the year's biggest hits, it has now totalled $684.8 million (£468.7 million) globally.

The weekend's debuts withered under the stampede of The Jungle Book.

Sir Ben Kingsley, Neel Sethi and Jon Favreau attending the Jungle Book European Premiere in London

Keegen-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's feline action comedy Keanu opened with a modest $9.4 million (£6.4 million). That was a whisker behind The Huntsman: Winter's War, which limped its way to $9.4 million (£6.4 million) in its second disappointing week of release.

Garry Marshall's latest holiday-themed romantic comedy, Mother's Day, bowed with a weak $8.3 million (£5.7 million) despite the presence of stars Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts.