‘Captain America’ Flexes Muscles At The Box Office.

Superhero saga extends Disney’s string of hits, taking in $181.8 million, the fifth-strongest opening ever.

“Captain America: civil war” surged to a $181.8 million opening in the u.s. and Canada over the weekend, making it the fifth-highest debut in box-office history.

The latest superhero epic from Walt Disney co.’s marvel studios is the third installment of the “Captain America” series, but it taps into the larger marvel universe to include characters such as iron man, black widow and Hawkeye. That expansive approach paid off, with “civil war” opening more in line with the character-crowded “avengers” movies than with previous “Captain America” features.

The film appears headed toward becoming one of marvel’s biggest hits. Its opening-weekend performance has already surpassed the total gross of the original “Captain America,” as well as other marvel titles such as “Ant-Man” and “Thor.”

The movie cost roughly $250 million to produce.

Marvel now accounts for four of the top six domestic openings of all time, before adjusting for inflation.