Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier made a whopping $39.23 million over its first three opening days in China, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, accounting for the lion’s share of screenings in the world’s second biggest film market.
The Captain America sequel, directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, opened during the Qingming "tomb-sweeping" holiday, which many people had off from work and school.
Showing only in 3D, Captain America The Winter Soldier notched up 5.6 million admissions at 102,638 screenings in China, nearly 40 percent of all showings in the country over the weekend, according to data from the Beijing-based research firm Entgroup. (Marvel Disney reports that the film opened to $39.2 million, while Entgroup has the figure at $36.23 million.)
This puts it ahead of the nearly $35 million that Thor: The Dark World made in its first four days back in November 2013, while Iron Man 3 took $64.5 million in its first five days.
The movie is already making history globally. Captain America 2 bowed to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America for an early worldwide total of $303.3 million.
In second place at the Chinese box office was DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which took in another $7.63 million to bring its 10-day total to $15.51 million. Since the film’s release on March 7, it has earned $136.5 million internationally and $102.4 million domestically for a worldwide total of $238.9 million.