It’s been a Marvel-ous weekend for the latest superhero movie as “Captain Marvel” soared to the top of the weekend box office with a massive $153-million domestic opening.
According to Variety, the Brie Larson-starring flick surpassed studio projections, which initially anticipated an opening weekend of $125 million at the domestic box office.
The news was even better internationally, with “Captain Marvel” bringing in $302 million in foreign markets, for a cumulative $455 million in its opening weekend — marking the sixth-highest global debut of all time, the 18th-biggest domestic opening ever and Marvel’s seventh-biggest opening.
“Thankfully ‘Captain Marvel’s’ superpowers extend to the box office realm and as expected provided a much-needed box office boost that the 2019 box office has been waiting for with a positively out of this world debut,” Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian tells Variety. “The allure and power of the superhero genre is as powerful as ever and just what blockbuster starved audiences have been waiting for in the form of a perfectly cast Brie Larson in this most powerful role.”
Rounding out the weekend’s top five at the domestic box office (via Box Office Mojo): “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” at #2 with $14.7 million, for a three-week total of $119.6 million; “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” in third place with $12 million (and a two-week total of $45 million); “The Lego Movie 2” at #4 with $3.8 million (for a five-week total of $97 million); and “Alita: Battle Angel” at fifth place with $3.2 million its fifth weekend, adding to a domestic total of $78 million.