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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' breaks record ahead of its release

Experts expect the "Captain America" sequel to cross the $90-100 million mark in its North American debut this weekend.
By Annie Martin Follow @littlemannie   |   April 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

HOLLYWOOD, April 3 (UPI) -- Captain America: The Winter Soldier has already broken records ahead of its release on Friday.

The film broke Fandango's advance-ticket sales record on Thursday when it surpassed Fast Five to become the top-selling April title in the company's 14-year-history. Fast Five debuted at $86.2 million in April 2011, and experts expect The Winter Soldier to cross the $90-100 million mark in its North American debut this weekend.

The Captain America sequel has already earned more than $100 million overseas, and critics have given the film glowing reviews. The first movie in the series, Captain America: The First Avenger, debuted in July 2011 to a $65 million domestic opening.

Actors Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson will reprise their respective roles as Captain America, Black Widow and Nick Fury in the new movie. The Winter Soldier picks up two years after sister film The Avengers, and follows the Captain and Black Widow after they discover a secret conspiracy within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuts in U.S. theaters tomorrow, Friday, April 4. A third installment in the series has already been greenlighted, and will hit theaters in May 2016.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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