Captain America: Civil War Passes $261 Million Internationally Before Domestic Debut

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Captain America: Civil War is rolling in international box office dough, with $261.6 million in its debut week. The film opened a week earlier in many international markets than it did in the U.S.

While the U.S. debut is officially tomorrow, screenings start tonight in what's become the new standard for blockbusters, opening at 7pm the Thursday before their debut date.

Civil War earned $20.1 million on Wednesday, giving it a huge head start for the North American debut. The U.S. debut is projected huge, and should be a top five opening weekend. In addition to the U.S., Civil War opens in China this weekend, the second-largest market for Hollywood films. Already doing gangbusters in South Korea and Japanese markets, as well as the UK, Australia, and more, it's all looking good for the first film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3.

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Captain America: Civil War features Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man clashing over the regulation of superheroes after the destruction they've wrought for years as the Avengers.