We've been telling you Captain America: The Winter Soldier is great for weeks now, and it seems the rest of the world has finally caught up.
The latest Marvel/Disney movie hit cinemas in the US for $96.2 million over its opening weekend. Added to worldwide ticket sales so far and that puts it over the $300 million mark - and there's plenty of time left to drag down even more dollars.
Those opening figures trounce the previous April record holder, Fast Five at $86.2 million, and was no doubt helped by strong reviews and word of mouth from other openings - part of the reason why some flicks get a European release first. Those figures can't touch the summer releases of the likes of Iron Man 3 and The Avengers ($174 / $207 mill respectively) but as part of the 'second string' Marvel characters its quite an achivement.
This also bodes well for future entries, bringing in some much needed goodwill for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Not that we think its going to be bad, but with a bunch of characters no one has ever heard of and what looks to be an unusual tone from director James Gunn, its going to need all the help it can get.
Tracking in the US suggests Captain America could hit $250 million there, with the possibility of over $500 million worldwide - though there are few territories left to open.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in cinemas now and its really good!