Box office watch: Superhero collision set for 2016

Disney (DIS -2%) has scheduled the sequel to Captain America for May 6, 2016 which is the same date that the highly-anticipated Superman-Batman movie from Warner Bros. (TWX) is set to debut.

The bold move from Disney comes after Captain America generated sales of $96.2M in a stellar opening weekend.

What to watch: The Avengers-related films have done well enough for Disney for execs to think they can make the unusual move of squaring off directly against another superhero movie. Perhaps of equal relevance, interest in China for the Avengers franchise has outpaced that of the Superman and Batman series.

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  • mxkieran
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    Still 2 years out, so the schedule could change slightly. I bet Captain America could have gone over 100M if they waited until after NCAA Final Four.
    7 Apr 2014, 02:05 PM Reply Like
  • Drew Robertson
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    This is insane. Captain America vs Batman alone? Maybe. But against both Batman AND Superman? No chance.
    7 Apr 2014, 02:09 PM Reply Like
  • db313706
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    The box office will have to pay me to see Ben Affleck as Batman... I'd rather have Michael Keaton back.
    7 Apr 2014, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • The Growth Investor
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    I can't wait until 2015 for Star Wars: Episode VII : )
    7 Apr 2014, 06:36 PM Reply Like
  • vollbarry
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    Maybe Captain America grabs a couple of his buddies to make it a fair fight.
    7 Apr 2014, 09:30 PM Reply Like
  • iFrank
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    If I were Warner Bros, I would schedule an additional showing the week before (?) plus the May 6 showing.
    7 Apr 2014, 09:56 PM Reply Like
  • knight6852
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    Disney hires talented writers and directors who know comics and understand the importance of staying true to the characters and the basic story lines. Sony sort of gets it with what they've done with the Spiderman and X-men franchises although they just barely get it. WB has screwed up most of the superhero movies they've made by not taking them seriously once the execs get involved. Case in point, Burton's Batman(s) were good. After that, crap. They lucked out with the Dark Knight trilogy because they committed to all of them before they had a chance to mess them up. Superman with Chris Reeves was only good because it was the first to use serious special effects, the story was just ok. The rest of that franchise got progressively worse, just like Schumacher's Batman(s). Every other WB superhero movies was horrible with the latest Man of Steel being adequate at best. They will over hype and over promise on Batman v Superman and it will fall on it's face and Justice League will be an embarrassment if they don't get their act together and use talent instead of the latest big names.
    21 May 2014, 06:32 PM Reply Like
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