Captain Marvel rises to massive $153 million opening weekend


Captain Marvel topped the box office with a colossal opening weekend.

Captain Marvel has arguably been one of the most analyzed blockbusters in recent years, in terms of box office returns. The film got off to a strong start with Thursday night previews. Now, the final totals for the weekend are in, and it can officially be said that Marvel Studios has another big franchise in the making.

THR and other outlets report that Captain Marvel will complete its opening weekend with a total of $153 million, domestically. In addition to this, the film currently sits at $455 million worldwide. This global sum now gives Captain Marvel the biggest worldwide opening weekend for any female-led film. It’s also the second-largest global opening for a superhero film, following Avengers: Infinity War (640.5M).

Comparing the film with some of Disney’s other productions, it has now surpassed Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($281M) for the sixth-highest worldwide opening. It is also the seventh-biggest debut in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series. The films that precede it are: the three Avengers films, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, and Iron Man 3.

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As expected, many analysts are comparing the movie’s performance to that of its DCEU counterpart, Wonder Woman, which grossed a strong $103 million in its first weekend back in 2017. But as of right, Captain Marvel appears to be pacing ahead of that film, particularly in international markets.

Captain Marvel has proven to be another hit for Marvel Studios and makes for yet another number one film for the company. The film’s success isn’t completely surprising, though as, after 21 films, the Marvel brand has proven to be almost invincible. And like last year’s Black Panther, the film also provides representation for an audience that has barely been served.

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Based on this start, many are starting to believe the film could hit one billion dollars by the end of its theatrical run. And with numbers like these, its honestly not out of the question.