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Unexpected Success: ‘Civil War’ Surprises at US Premiere with Significantly Higher Revenue Than Anticipated

If the British writer Alex Garland intended to generate debate and invite reflection with his dystopian plot in Civil War, he is certainly achieving it. The movie revolves around a visceral and bloody armed conflict that affects the United States, prompting a division of opinions and mostly positive reviews. Surpassing expectations, the film debuted at the American box office with an impressive $25.7 million, taking the top spot.

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, and Cailee Spaeny, Civil War had a budget of $50 million. The story is mainly told from the perspective of a group of photographers and war correspondents who witness the escalation of the war and head towards Washington DC as insurgent forces aim to overthrow the president.

Furthermore, Civil War has become the highest-grossing premiere for the prestigious independent company A24, surpassing previous titles like Hereditary. The movie’s success can be attributed to its exhibition in IMAX and Dolby cinemas, as well as its timely relevance amid the polarized political climate in the United States ahead of the presidential elections in November.

In addition to its box office success, Civil War has received positive critical acclaim with an average score of 77 out of 100 on Metacritic and 83 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is set to be released in cinemas on Friday, April 19.

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