Captain Marvel scores $20.7 million in Thursday night previews


Captain Marvel is already off to a strong start at the box office with a major Thursday night debut.

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel has easily been one of the most anticipated films of this year. As such, many believed it would open to major success at the box office. While it remains to be seen how it does over its entire opening weekend, the film got off to a great start on Thursday night.

Various outlets, such as THR, are reporting that Captain Marvel made a total of $20.7 million in Thursday night previews. With this, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now has the seventh-highest Thursday night haul of any comic book movie.

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In terms of Thursday night totals, the film is preceded by Avengers: Infinity War ($39M), The Dark Knight Rises ($30.1M), Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($27.7M), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($27.6M), Black Panther ($25.2), and Captain America: Civil War ($25M).  In terms of the MCU franchise, this is also the second-biggest debut for a solo film with a new character and the fifth-biggest Thursday night opening for any MCU film. The film is also finding success overseas with a $34 million opening day in China, the second-largest for an MCU movie after Avengers: Infinity War.

Long-range tracking predicted a hefty opening weekend for Captain Marvel, and as of right now, it’s currently projected to make between $125 million-$145 million. Some even think it can make upwards of $150 million.

Despite these tracking numbers, some believe the film’s B.O. performance could be hampered by negative audience scores from internet trolls. However, things seem to be looking up for Marvel’s first female-led solo film thus far.

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Analysts and fans will likely be waiting anxiously to see how the movie does in its opening weekend. But one thing that appears to be clear is that Marvel and Disney have another big franchise on their hands with Captain Marvel.