Overseas, Disney’s Marvel superhero sequel significantly outperforms the original
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” topped the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.
Disney’s Marvel superhero sequel, starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, hit the milestone Tuesday, according to Box Office Mojo. It now sits at $502.2 million, with $167 domestic and $335.2 million — two-thirds of its gross — coming from overseas.
The sequel’s global total is far ahead of the original film, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which brought in $370 million globally in 2011. Internationally, “First Avenger” only amassed $193 million. “Winter Soldier” has taken in more than $80 million from China alone.
“Winter Soldier” also has benefited from the momentum provided by Disney and Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster, “The Avengers,” which ranks as the third-highest grossing film ever at the worldwide box office. Two other Marvel sequels have seen a similar boost thanks: “Iron Man 3″ and “Thor: The Dark World.” Both sequels saw major increases from the films that preceded them in the wake of Marvel’s successful superhero mash-up.