Captain America: Civil War is already 2016’s highest grossing film so far. However, today it reaches a notable milestone: raking in $1 billion dollars at the combined foriegn and domestic box-office.
This makes it the first billion dollar film to be released this year. Although Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice had the potential to get that kind of return on investment, its dismal reviews from both critics and fans clearly kept it from soaring in movie ticket sales. Marvel remains the unrivaled king of the comic book box-office for now.
Notably, Disney also produced this year’s current box-office runner-up Zootopia, which now stands at just under a billion in revenue (approx $975 million) so far, and it also holds the #4 spot with The Jungle Book, which is still pending release in a few markets such as Korea and Japan.
Captain America: Civil War has been in the theater domestically for 15 days so far, and 24 days in foriegn markets. It has some low-level competition in the form of Angry Birds and Neighbors 2 this weekend, but the real heavy-hitters come out to play next week with the debut of X-Men: Apocolypse (another Marvel-based franchise produced by 20th Century Fox) and Alice Through the Looking Glass, also a Disney property.
While the issue of comic book film-fatigue remains an increasingly popular talking point, it is clear from Civil War‘s current ticket sales that audiences are still more than happy to flood the theater for a superhero yarn that delivers a quality movie-going experience.