‘Captain America’ Sets April Record With $96.2M

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney and Marvel could be one of the finest teams around.

Continuing the success of their superhero franchise, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has set a record as the biggest domestic April release ever.

The Disney sequel debuted with $96.2 million topping the previous record holder, 2011’s “Fast Five,” which opened with $86.2 million. Last weekend “The Winter Soldier,” which stars Chris Evans as the shield-wielding superhero, and Scarlett Johansson (whose sci-fi “Under the Skin” also debuted this weekend with $140,000) as Black Widow, commanded 32 international markets, gaining $75.2 million in its overseas bow.

Expanding to Russia, Australia and China in its second week, the Marvel comic adaptation, boasting a budget of over $170 million, has earned $207.1 million internationally, bringing its overall worldwide haul to over $303 million.

Also a touchstone for Imax, “The Winter Soldier” attained $9.6 million on 346 screens showing the…

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