The Captain America sequel has stunned movie experts in America by opening with more than $10 million (Gbp6.25 million) in ticket sales from early screenings on Thursday night (03Apr14).
The blockbuster's first-night success surpassed that of last year's (13) Man of Steel and Thor: The Dark World - and now many film buffs are expecting Captain America: The Winter Soldier to sail past $100 million (Gbp62.5 million) in America this weekend.
The sequel is well on course to become the biggest April opening ever.
The film has already raced past the $100 million mark at the global box office thanks to debuts in Russia, Australia and China.
The film is almost half an hour longer than 'The Force Awakens'.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.