Last year, after Twentieth Century Fox's "Fantastic Four" flopped and Disney's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" underperformed its predecessor, box office watchers posed an intriguing question: After an impressive run of more than a decade and billions of dollars in revenues, had superhero movie fatigue finally set in?
If that was the premise of 2015, this year appears to have answered the question. The first three comic book adaptations of 2016 perched in the top five at the domestic and international box office — and the chorus of naysayers seems a bit quieter this year.
After only second week in North American theaters, Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" has earned $941 million globally, while Marvel-branded superhero movies have reaped $10 billion collectively, according to a report in Deadline. To date, the movie has earned nearly $300 million in domestic receipts, and almost $650 million internationally.