CORE STORY: Disney sets new box office record thanks to Captain America: Civil War

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

After a slightly disappointing opening day — if you can fathom $75-million being a disappointment — Captain America: Civil War wound up pulling in $181.8-million over Mother’s Day weekend, the fifth-largest (domestic) opening weekend of all time.

That’s not the big reason Disney’s celebrating today, though. That $181.8-million pushed the studio’s domestic grosses for 2016 past the $1-billion mark — faster than any studio in history.

Universal previously held the record, having hit $1-billion in 2015 by June 14, thanks to smash hits Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2, and Jurassic World. (Disney reached the same number ten days later.)

Thanks to the massive grosses of Zootopia and The Jungle Book this year, Captain America: Civil War was all Disney needed to pull off in three blockbusters what took Universal four to do last year — and doing so more than a month faster.

With Alice Through the Looking Glass, Finding Dory, The BFG, Pete’s Dragon, Doctor Strange, Moana, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still to come this year, expect this to also not be the last box office record Disney breaks before 2016 comes to a  close.

(Sources:, Box Office Mojo)

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