Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks to be on track for a $100 million opening weekend domestically with estimates ranging from around $90 million to even as high as $115 million.
Captain America 2 is also on track to break April records, currently held by Fast Five with an $86.2 million opening.
Typically, May has been the movie studio's month of choice to kick off the Summer blockbuster season, but with next month having a host of blockbuster debuts (Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Godzilla, Maleficient), it looks as if Marvel Studios made the right choice going with Captain America 2 a month early. Perhaps it will set a new trend.
Word-of-mouth and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for Captain America 2 as well. It's reported the film has a solid "A" CinemaScore amongst audiences polled, and the movie review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes has Captain America 2 with a current 88% positive rating from reviewers and a 95% positive rating from fans.
That 95% positive rating for Captain America 2 from fans is currently ahead of The Dark Knight (94%), which is long considered by the fanboys to be the best comic book movie adaptation to date.
Even hitting up Twitter we see posts mentioning comparisons to The Dark Knight as well.
Seriously people Captain America 2 is Dark Knight level. It's that good— count_zero (@Count0intrupt) April 5, 2014
People are saying Captain America 2 is Dark Knight good. Wow. Will have to see this soon. Didn't care that much for the first one.— Donte Bland (@Donte1986) April 5, 2014
“@NolteNC: Marvel Universe films leave me numb. Captain America 2 breaks the mold. Much closer to Dark Knight than Marvel. Total home run.”— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 5, 2014
@CaptainAmerica 2 was the best superhero movie since The Dark Knight. That's my personal opinion but it's undeniably good.— Isaac Etter (@isaac_etter) April 5, 2014
People are talking about captain America 2 like Dark Knight doesn't exist. Smh at marvel fans lol— Jovan Mackenzy (@jovanmackenzy) April 5, 2014
Saw Captain America 2, best I've seen since dark knight. @ChrisEvans was amazing! Going to see it a few more times in theaters!— Nick Kreshon (@nickkree) April 4, 2014