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'Captain America: Civil War' debuts with $181.8 million

'Captain America: Civil War' debuts with $181.8 million

Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” may have pitted two of Marvel’s most popular characters against each other, but coming out on top is the Burbank studio whose latest blockbuster had a stellar debut this week.

The film, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, pulled in an estimated $181.8 million in the U.S. and Canada, the fifth highest domestic opening in industry history. Though the film did not beat analyst expectations of over $200 million, it did exceed the studio’s more modest projections of $175 million.

"We are happy to have the kind of results we're having,” said Dave Hollis, the studio's distribution chief. “The team at...