According to the news report by CNBC, Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new movie Captain Marvel opened this weekend across the globe, and it dominated the box office. Captain Marvel is Disney’s 21st movie from its Marvel franchise. It is also Marvel’s first ever film starring a female lead.
The movie, since its debut on Thursday, has raked in about $455 million worldwide. In the United States alone, the movie has made $153 million in the last 4 days.
Disney had initially forecast that the film would make a more conservative $125 million in the US. However, after the company saw the success of the movie at the box office on Thursday and Friday, Disney re-adjusted its forecast for the weekend.
The entertainment giant stated on Saturday that it was now expecting the film’s ticket sales to range from $145 million to $155 million over the weekend.
While the final tally on ticket sales will not be out till Monday, Sunday’s sales figures have more or less confirmed that Captain Marvel is the 3rd biggest March release of all time in the United States. It is also the 7th biggest debut from the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever.
According to data collated so far, Captain Marvel is the 2nd highest grossing origin film about superheroes after Black Panther, which garnered a whopping $202 million in its debut weekend.
As of now, Marvel Studios has the 7 of the top 20 biggest debuts in film history, while its parent company, Walt Disney Studios, hold 12 of those positions in the top 20 list.
In international markets, Captain Marvel has raked in about $302 million, which makes it the 5th biggest international debut of all time, second only to Avengers: Infinity War.
Disney also revealed on Saturday that for Thursday’s previews and Friday’s box office opening, the film made $61.4 million domestically in the US. The entertainment giant stated that this film saw the 7th biggest domestic opening. The three Avengers series, Black Panther, Iron Man – 3 and Captain America – Civil War, are the only movies that did better than Captain Marvel.
Comscore analyst Paul Dergarabedian stated that Captain Marvel was exactly what the movie industry had been targeting at the box office. The film was a huge success and it helped reverse the downtrend that had been pushing the movie industry down since the beginning of 2019. For the month of February, Hollywood movies made around $627.1 million, which is the lowest for the month since 2002.
According to MarketWatch, the box office sales were down 26% YTD. Captain Marvel erased 5% of those losses in just one weekend. This weekend, box office sales went up by a massive 47%.
Last year, February saw its best ticket sales ever, thanks to the debut of Black Panther, which pushed up ticket sales for that month to a record $1 billion plus.
Captain Marvel debuts one year after Avengers – Infinity War, which ended with the teaser that she would be the only superhero powerful enough to go head-to-head with the villainous Thanos.
The film also debuts 2 years after the biggest female-lead super hero movie Wonder Woman took the box office by storm. That film, released by Disney-Marvel’s arch rivals Warner Bros-DC, made $103 million in box office sales 2 years ago.
Last week on Tuesday, Fandango reported that Captain Marvel had become the highest advance ticket-seller after Avengers – Infinity War. It even beat Black Panther to take second place.
The only other female-lead movie to sweep the box office with higher sales was Star Wars – The Force Awakens, which made $529 million in its weekend debut back in 2015.