Captain America: The Winter Soldier has raked in an impressive $37 million for it’s opening Friday and they’re projecting just shy of $100 million by the time the weekend is over. Which would make it a good 30% higher than the takings for Captain America: The First Avenger’s first weekend. An impressive jump by anyone’s standards.
It’s also higher than Thor: The Dark World’s opening Friday. Thor 2, in turn raked in a good 30% increase over the first movie in it’s opening weekend and currently sits a good $20 million higher in box office than the original.
Iron Man 3 meanwhile managed almost $100 million more in box office sales than either Iron Man 2 or Iron Man.
Are you noticing a pattern here?
In fact even if you adjust for inflation all of Marvel’s post-Avengers movies have done significantly better than the ones that came before. Not as good as The Avengers itself admittedly, but you can’t really expect that sort of box office for every movie.
So what does this mean for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie? Or perhaps even more interestingly for Ant-Man which is scheduled for release a mere two months after Avengers: Age of Ultron? Neither of them of course have such a tight tie-in to The Avengers, but they are part of the Marvel Universe. Will the bump still apply?