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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is already playing like a summer blockbuster in early spring. The Marvel Studios movie grossed a whopping $10.2 million for early Thursday showings, topping other recent tentpole releases.
The Winter Soldier’s Thursday opening is even bigger than Man of Steel, which started its run with $9 million before hitting $116.6 million over its debut weekend, notes The Hollywood Reporter. The Chris Evans-starring film also beat Thor: The Dark World, which grossed $7.1 million on its way to a $85.7 million weekend.
If you add in the international cume, The Winter Soldier has already reached $100 million. According to Deadline, the film has had a wide release overseas, grossing $94.8 million. That’s before the film even hits China, Russia and Australia.
Analysts expect The Winter Soldier to cross $90 million this weekend, and could even reach $100 million. That should break the record for the best April opening in film history. It is the first of two Marvel releases for 2014 - the other is August’s Guardians of the Galaxy.