The first “Captain America” movie was a hit in North America, but it didn’t resonate as well abroad. The sequel is having no such problems at the foreign box office.
A sensational $39.2 million opening in China propelled “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to an eye-popping $107 million overseas this weekend, even bigger than its $96.2 million domestic debut.
The second-week haul — building on the $75 million it rung up last weekend, its first abroad — raises its international total after 10 days to $207 million. That’s well above the $193.9 million that the original film, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” took in over the course of its entire run in 2011. “Winter Soldier,” which stars Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, is playing in roughly 50 markets, or roughly 92 percent of its eventual international run.
The Marvel sequel is showing much more foreign muscle than its predecessor. It has taken in $18 million in its first two weeks in the U.K., for example, where the original managed just $14 million total. That’s its third-highest total of any market so far, behind China and Korea, where it’s brought in $19.8 million.
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