With its record-breaking $92 million weekend debut, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has earned itself entry to an exclusive club: movie sequels that outdid their originals.
Not only did "Winter Soldier" outperform "Captain America: The First Avenger," which earned $65 million domestically in its first three days out, but the sequel scored the biggest April opening of all time, according to the L.A. Times.
The film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, which also released the original "Captain America: The First Avenger." The Walt Disney Co. also owns ABC News.
Keith Simanton, managing editor of movie information site IMDb, says any ranking of the most successful sequels of all time depends on how you define success: Did the movie outperform its original in opening weekend sales or in its total lifetime gross? Was it a greater or a lesser winner with the critics?
Simanton shared with ABC News his own ideas about what sequels might qualify as the seven most successful of all time.
They include the late Mickey Rooney's "You're Only Young Once" (1937), the second movie in MGM's "Andy Hardy" series, whose 14 films made an estimated $75 million Depression-era dollars for MGM, according to the New York Times. (That would be over a billion dollars today.)
You'll find the rest of Simanton's picks on the pages that follow. Sales and other performance data come from IMBd's "Box Office Mojo" rankings.
I'd say let the party continue on tbh...