It's official: Captain Marvel is the saviour of the box office. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie introduces us to Brie Larson as the title character, a woman of two worlds who fights for the Kree alien race while grappling with memories of her human life on Earth.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and co-starring Samuel L. Jackson as a younger Nick Fury, the movie has come freighted with expectation. It's the first Marvel movie to be led by a woman and acts as a vital franchise stepping stone as we advance towards Avengers: Endgame (25th April) and phase four of the MCU.
The movie has shattered all box office expectations – appropriate, certainly, for a film that's invited plenty of discussion about the glass ceiling and gender parity. With colossal global weekend returns of $455 million, there's no denying Captain Marvel is flying higher, faster and stronger above the competition. Here are the records it's broken (figures via Box Office Mojo):
- Captain Marvel opened with $153m in North America this weekend, which is the second-biggest debut for a new Marvel character behind Black Panther ($202m in 2018).
- That also makes it the third-biggest domestic March opening of all time, sans inflation, behind Batman v Superman ($166m in 2016) and Beauty and the Beast ($174m in 2017).
- It's the fourth-biggest non-sequel launch behind Beauty and the Beast, Black Panther and (if it counts as a non-sequel) Avengers Assemble ($207 million in 2012).
- It scored the MCU’s seventh-biggest opening behind Iron Man 3 ($174m in 2013), Captain America: Civil War ($179m in 2016), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191m in 2015), Black Panther ($202m in 2018), The Avengers ($207m in 2012) and Avengers: Infinity War ($258m in 2018).
- When discussing superhero movies led by women, Captain Marvel has surpassed Wonder Woman's $103m opening weekend.
- Internationally, Captain Marvel delivered an estimated $302 million, making it the fifth-highest international opening weekend of all-time and the sixth-largest worldwide debut ever.
- Captain Marvel opened to $89.3 million in China, which ranks as the third-largest MCU opening weekend ever behind Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War.
- It's the biggest opening weekend of 2019 so far, and the first title of the year to open to more than $100 million, domestically speaking.
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