'Captain Marvel' sweeps $455mn worldwide in first week

Oscar Cross
March 12, 2019

That's exactly what happened for cinema-goers about to watch Captain Marvel in New Jersey, when Carol Danvers herself, Brie Larson, turned up for a surprise visit on Saturday.

Internationally, Captain Marvel has grossed an estimated $302 million - meaning it could rake in an estimated total of $455m globally. It took in almost triple what had been the biggest opener of the year with "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" at $55 million on February 22-24.

After one of the weakest starts in many years for theatrical film releases, "Captain Marvel" has finally managed to end the slump with projections of a $153 million domestic opening. The Brie Larson-led film has captured a major chunk of the market share.

But "Captain Marvel" continues a streak of box-office juggernauts about women and people of color. Perhaps the wisest course of action is to see the film and judge its merits for yourself. This makes it especially satisfying to learn she has as complex and fascinating a history as any of the name-brand heroes we've come to know and love.

THR and other outlets report that Captain Marvel will complete its opening weekend with a total of $153 million, domestically. The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Captain Marvel's box office performance went higher, further, faster than even its sky-high industry tracking estimates.

Captain Marvel is out in theatres now. "#HigherFurtherFaster", the Captain Marvel Twitter account wrote alongside photos of Larson meeting fans and giving them popcorn. Overall, Wonder Woman has taken " in the world, over 820 million dollars - whether it's "Captain Marvel" crack?

The film got negative audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but got with an A CinemaScore and strong exit grades from women viewers. This global sum now gives Captain Marvel the biggest worldwide opening weekend for any female-led film.

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