‘Captain America: Civil War’ soars to $14.9 Million overseas on first day

‘Captain America: Civil War’ soars to $14.9 Million overseas on first day

Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” soared to $14.9 million in 15 international markets in Europe and Asia, finishing first in each.

Disney reported that the Wednesday opening is just behind last year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which wound up being Marvel’s highest international performer with $946 million.

South Korea led the way with $4.3 million, followed by France with $2.4 million, Philippies with $1.5 million, Taiwan with $1.4 million, and Thailand and Hong Kong with $1.1 million each.

The Korean launch was the third-largest opening day of all time and took 91% of the market. Its number trailed “Avengers: Age of Ultron” by 5%.

The French launch was the biggest opening day of the year and 16% behind “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The Philippines debut was also the third largest opening day of all time and only 4% behind “Ultron.”

“Captain America: Civil War” will be open in 63% of the international marketplace by Sunday. Thursday sees openings in Germany, Australia and Brazil, along with Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal, Malaysia, Singapore, Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.

Pre-release tracking estimates suggest that the superhero sequel could rack up roughly $200 million overseas after its first five days in theaters.

An opening of that size would put it in line with the foreign launches of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($212 million) and “Iron Man 3” ($160 million). It dwarfs the last film featuring the star-spangled hero, 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened to $78 million overseas.

The tentpole includes Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ title character while introducing Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. The “Winter Soldier” directorial team of Joe and Anthony Russo returns to helm.

“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters stateside on May 6, with some analysts estimating it could score a $200 million launch.

Pentagon refuses to help ‘Avengers’

Pentagon refuses to help 'Avengers'

The U.S. Defense Department often provides jets to action films but doesn’t support the blockbuster.

You know all that military action that goes on in a lot of Hollywood blockbuster films? Well, the U.S. government usually likes to get involved to help filmmakers more realistically portray it.

This was not the case with “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The U.S. Defense Department pulled out because they deemed the film too unrealistic.

Perhaps it was the aliens. Or maybe it was the superheroes. Well, it was actually the ambiguity of secret military law-enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D., portrayed in the film, that did “Avengers” in.

From a recent Wired report: “We couldn’t reconcile the unreality of this international organization and our place in it,” Phil Strub, the Defense Department’s Hollywood liaison, tells Danger Room. “To whom did S.H.I.E.L.D. answer? Did we work for S.H.I.E.L.D.? We hit that roadblock and decided we couldn’t do anything” with the film.

(Not to deviate from the topic, but doesn’t Strub have, like, the coolest job on the planet?)

One example of the U.S. military’s lack of involvement in “Avengers” is the fact that a few of the military’s latest stealth jets that appear in the film were actually added digitally by the studio — they were not real jets provided by the Pentagon, Wired further reports.

The Pentagon has greenlit military involvement, providing drones and jets for films including “Iron Man,” “Transformers,” and “Eagle Eye.” The secretary of the Navy even appears in the upcoming “Battleship,” starring Rihanna and Taylor Kitsch, in theaters May 18th.