CLEVELAND - “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” broke box office records on its opening weekend, and that could payoff for Cleveland.
The film brought in $96.2 million dollars on its first weekend in theaters, which is a record for April that beat previous record-holder, “Fast Five,” in 2011.
The Marvel Comics blockbuster was mostly filmed in Northeast Ohio in 2013, and is prominently featured in the film.
Cleveland is getting noticed; many local fans left the theater noting all the familiar locations they could spot around Northeast Ohio.
Troy Harris saw the movie in Richmond Heights Sunday evening. "It looks like it puts Cleveland in mind as far as our landmarks, things that our city can offer," he said.
Ivan Schwartz of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission agrees.
“I thought it was amazing how much of Cleveland appeared in the film, locations from Lakeview Cemetery to private residences to Camp Ravenna, and then lf course all the downtown chase scenes were spectacular but the fact that they took place downtown just made it more special,” he said.
Schwartz added that, with the success of the partly Cleveland-filmed “The Avengers,” filmmakers are starting to take more note of Northeast Ohio filming locations, which is what helped bring “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” here.
“It's amazing marketing piece globally for the city,” Schwartz said. “People from all over the world... that have seen the film and just can't believe it was filmed in Cleveland, are happy to see that it was Cleveland and are surprised in a very good way.”
Schwartz said that the Greater Cleveland Film Commission plans to announce new film deals in the coming weeks.