Captain Marvel Estimated For $20 – 24 Million Thursday Box Office, Ahead Of Avengers

Captain Marvel could be off to a strong start if Deadline‘s estimates are to be believed. The Brie Larson starrer Marvel Cinematic Universe film is expected to pull in anywhere between $20 – $24 million from Thursday night previews, a number that Deadline says could be higher once Disney’s official estimates come in. This beats 2019’s best Thursday night opening so far, a record held by the recent How to Train Your Dragon installment. At this rate, Captain Marvel should have no trouble sailing to its $100 million+ opening weekend and might even have a shot at the far-off $140 million figure predicted earlier this year.

In terms of comparisons, Captain Marvel is right ahead of movies like The Avengers ($18.7 million), The Hunger Games ($19.7 million) Suicide Squad ($20.5 million). It’s however, still behind Marvel Studios’ own Black Panther ($25.2 million) and Captain America: Civil War ($25 million). None of these opened in March though; the closest competitor in that regard is Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman that took in a mighty $27.6 million, a record that Captain Marvel is far behind as of this writing.

Captain Marvel is doing well on Rotten Tomatoes despite the recent controversy. Critics have been unaffected, resulting in a strong reception with 82% positive from 248 reviews, although a lot of reviews have been mixed to middling. In contrast, Wonder Woman stands at a 93% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 417 reviews, even as its Thursday box-office was nearly half of that attained by Captain Marvel.

All things said, it’s going to be an interesting next few days. A huge draw for audiences to watch the movie is figuring out how Captain Marvel connects with Avengers: Endgame. With a wide release in over 4,000 theaters, Captain Marvel should enjoy a decent box-office run, until the summer movie season onslaught begins with Disney’s Dumbo and Warner Bros.’ Shazam.

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