The latest edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain America: Civil War” continued the box office dominance of the Marvel franchise by passing an important milestone Sunday.
The film officially passed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the 25th film all-time to do so and the fourth by Marvel. As of this writing, “Civil War” is 19th on the all-time gross list and joins three other Marvel in the top-20 for highest grossing Marvel films of all-time.
The film also did not take it’s time breaking into the $1 billion club as it is the ninth-quickest film ever to reach the mark. This is nothing new for Marvel as “The Avengers”, “Iron Man 3” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” are also in the top-ten for this list.
The success of “Civil War” should not be surprising to anyone who has been following releases by Marvel Studios since the critical and commercial success of “Iron Man” in 2008.
In the eight years since, the studio has released a total of 13 films and these films have grossed over $10 billion combined.
2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” has been the only film in the franchise to gross less than $350 million worldwide to this point.
The Marvel films have also been critical successes on top of their commercial success. The 13 Marvel Studios films have achieved an average critical approval of 81 percent on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes.
The success of the Marvel franchise has even extended into the realm of television. “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.LD” and the recently-cancelled “Agent Carter” have been met with critical success and a loyal fanbase.
The next stop for the MCU will be the release of “Doctor Strange” on November 4. The character Doctor Strange is one who is not as well-known to mainstream audiences, but films like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Ant-Man” have proved Marvel can still have success with lesser-known characters.
With Warner Bros. putting their plans for a cinematic universe based off the DC Comics properties into action, Marvel could potentially face real competition for audiences in the near future.
However, Marvel is still the leader in movies for now. “Civil War” made more in its first three weeks than “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” made in its entire theatrical run.
Backed by the funding of Disney, Marvel Studios has built a cinematic dynasty which has dominated the box office for the past eight years and has yet to show any signs of slowing down.