In not-at-all-surprising fashion, Captain America: Civil War ran away with the weekend box office, raking in a highly impressive $181 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo. While down $10 million from the $191 million opening Avengers: Age of Ultron had last year, it's worth noting that the first Steve Rogers outing from Marvel, 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, made just $176 million domestically over the course of its entire box office run. Clearly, people have warmed up to the story of Cap in a big way.
Of course, there were estimates that claimed Civil War was easily going to rake in that coveted $200 million opening, thanks to the inclusion of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the movie, but it seems there are limits to such hopes on a film that doesn't feature the word "Avengers" in the title. Either way, Civil War outperformed its biggest piece of superhero competition, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in a big way (nearly $20 million), considering Batman v Superman opened up with just $166 million at the domestic box office... and that was with the aid of the Easter weekend holiday.
As for the rest of the slate, The Jungle Book managed to pull in a very respectable $21 million domestically in its fourth week of release, landing in second place, while the aptly titled Mother's Day took the No. 3 slot with $9 million dollars domestically. In addition, The Huntsman: Winter's War came in at No. 4 in its third week of release with a take of $3.5 million domestically.
Sadly, the highly anticipated theatrical debut from Key & Peele's Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key doesn't seem to be faring too well in the long run. Keanu took a massive hit in its second week in theaters, dropping to just $3 million in ticket sales, down 67% from last week's $9.4 million.
Needless to say, the big winner this week is Marvel. Now the question remains as to whether or not that success will carry into next week. (Spoiler: It most likely will).