Captain Marvel Silences Trolls, Brings In $153 Million Domestically, $455 Million Worldwide On Opening Weekend
Captain Marvel opened in theaters on Friday and the opening weekend numbers are in. Projections suggest that Captain Marvel made $153 million domestically (North America) and $302 million internationally (overseas) for a worldwide opening weekend of $455 million. This makes it the sixth-best opening worldwide and the third-best opening weekend in March in the US, only behind Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman that opened to $174 million and $166 million respectively.
Within its own franchise, Captain Marvel has the second best worldwide opening of all time, behind only Avengers: Infinity War that opened to a whopping $640.5 million. Domestically, Captain Marvel comes seventh with its $153 million haul, behind Avengers: Infinity War ($257 million), The Avengers ($207 million), Black Panther ($202 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191 million), Captain America: Civil War ($179 million) and Iron Man 3 ($174 million). Traditionally, movies that opened in similar range include The Dark Knight Rises ($158 million), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($158 million), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($155 million) and The Hunger Games ($152 million) and they’ve gone on to amass anywhere from $400 – $530 million so this bodes well for Marvel’s latest female-centric superhero. Speaking of which, that opening is ahead of Wonder Woman‘s $108 million and almost double its worldwide opening of $228 million despite the DC Comics film getting a prime summer slot, although Captain Marvel does have the MCU shared-universe advantage at this point, with some Avengers: Endgame hype rubbing off.
Internationally, China is the movie’s top performing market with $89 million coming from that territory. Other top performing countries include the UK ($16.8 million), Brazil ($13.4 million), Mexico ($12.8 million), Australia ($10.7 million) and Indonesia ($10.1 million) with many others. At this rate, a $1 billion gross might not be entirely out of reach although the second-week drop numbers should give a better estimate of its potential to attain that hallmark. Even in the worst case scenario then, Captain Marvel is most likely a hit already, silencing trolls who were (and still are) out to sabotage the movie’s ratings.