Civil War: Alex Garland’s Controversial War Actioner is Commercial Hit

‘Civil War’: Now on Course for $25M-Plus Opening

The controversial movie is assured of the top opening in history of specialty distributor A24.

Alex Garland‘s dystopian action movie Civil War was popular at the Friday box office, earning $10.8 million for opening of $25 million in America.

The $50 million movie about divided America is a big swing for A24, marking its most expensive production to date.

But there are split feelings about the film. Moviegoers only bestowed it with a B- CinemaScore, while PostTrack exits were mixed.

Though the protagonist is a woman, more than one third of the audience was male.

Imax runs are a boon for the movie and are turning in 48 percent of the gross.

Kirsten Dunst and Cailee Spaeny in Alex Garland's 'Civil War'

The story follows a wartime photojournalist (Kirsten Dunst) and her colleagues as they make their way across a hostile America, torn apart under the authoritarian rule of three-term president (Nick Offerman).

Yet the film shies away from red state/blue state divisions, and the politics behind the conflict are generally left unexplained, other than to say that one of the president’s first actions was to disband the FBI in an apparent nod to former President Donald Trump, who has called to “defund” the Bureau.

Interestingly, the movie played best in the South and South Central regions of the country.

The timing 0f Civil War isn’t a coincidence as it hits cinemas amid a contentious election year in which President Biden and former President Trump are once again the leading candidates for their respective parties as Trump seeks to return to the White House

At SXSW panel following the premiere, Garland said it made sense to release Civil War now–as it’s not as if there is anything new about the contentious political discourse gripping the country.


Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter