"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" broke box office records this past weekend, raking in $96.2 million to become the highest-grossing domestic April release of all time.
According to CBS News, the previous record-holder was 2011's "Fast Five,"
which earned $86.2 million.
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The 3-D "Captain America" film starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannson cost roughly $170 million to make, and has earned $303.3 million worldwide so far.
The first Captain America film, "Captain America: The First Avenger," made $65 million in its opening weekend in 2011.
Experts said the bump in revenue might portend a big summer for movies overall. Because Captain America is one member of The Avengers — whose 2012 movie garnered $623 million — they also theorized that the success of that film, as well as each member's individual films, has buoyed the entire constellation of Avengers-related Marvel movies.
"The performance ... indicates that the 'Avengers bump' is a real thing," Ray Subers, analyst for Box Office Mojo, told USA Today
"We looked at the possibility of creating separation from the other summer tentpoles," said Disney's head of distribution Dave Hollis, according to The Associated Press
. "There was an opportunity. We have the second Marvel film coming at the end of the summer in 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' We wanted to start and end the summer and take advantage of this holiday. In the next month or so we'll have the benefit of spring break."
"Captain America" sped past "Noah," the Bible-based movie starring Russell Crowe that opened last week. "Noah" has earned $72 million total thus far. It also beat out Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" which has a domestic total of $33 million.
Johansson told CBS News the film was a pleasure to make
, that that she enjoyed working with Chris Evans. "I've known Chris for, gosh, 10 years and this our fourth movie together. He's got a lot of humility and a great sense of humor," she said.
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