Yet Another BO Update: ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Storms to Record $96 Million at Box Off

Disney's Marvel superhero sequel posts best April opening ever and with another $107 million from overseas, it has crossed $200 million globally in 10 days

Disney's Marvel superhero sequel “Captain America:The Winter Soldier” powered into the record books with $96.2 million in its first three days at the box office this weekend, the largest April opening ever.

It finished well ahead of the $86.1 million that “Fast Five” posted in 2011, and is easily the year's top debut over the $69 million that “The Lego Movie” managed in February. It also beats the opening of the last Marvel superhero sequel from Disney, “Thor: The Dark World,” which rolled out with $85.7 million in November.

The big U.S. debut by “Captain America” is the latest example of the burgeoning box-office might of the Marvel empire, which was supercharged by “Marvel's the Avengers,” the 2012 blockbuster that became the third-highest grossing movie of all time. It first gave a boost to “Iron Man 3,” which opened to $178 million last May and went on to take in $1.2 billion worldwide, and then last year's “Thor: The Dark World,” which has brought in $645 million globally.

Now, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is on its way. It added $107.1 million from overseas this weekend, and is now up to $203 million globally in just 10 days.

Chris Evans returns as Captain America and allies himself with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Anthony Mackie's Falcon in the $170 million “Winter Soldier,” which also features Robert Redford as a shadowy bureaucrat. Joe and Anthony Russo direct, from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, while Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige again rides herd as a producer.

The Marvel sequel is riding a wave of positive notices for its ripped-from-the-headlines plot that finds the film's hero unraveling a massive government conspiracy. The critics love it, giving it an 89 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes; so did opening weekend audiences who gave it an “A” CinemaScore.

It also got a major lift from premium pricing on 3D, which was in roughly 80 percent of its market-high 3,938 theaters, 341 IMAX theaters and 316 Premium Large Format sites.

Marvel is slaying at box office. Cap better beat Thor's and MoS' WW numbers and reach 650M