Brie Larson's Captain Marvel Conquers Trolls with Historic $455 Million Opening Weekend

Yolanda Curtis
March 12, 2019

That's the big takeaway from the opening weekend of "Captain Marvel", the studio's first comic-book movie to put the spotlight on a female heroine.

It did that and then some.

Globally, "Captain Marvel" grossed a combined $455 million - the sixth-best opening ever before adjusting for inflation.

Captain Marvel hit screens on March 8. Not only did the movie have the largest worldwide opening for a female-led film, it had the second-largest worldwide opening for any superhero film behind Avengers: Infinity War.

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The official Marvel Twitter account shared photos and videos from the AMC Clifton Commons 16 movie theatre in Clifton, New Jersey, on Saturday night.

"We have high expectations for a blockbuster like Captain Marvel". Brie Larson, 29, the star of the box office smash, dropped in to surprise some moviegoers.

With the film locked, all that presumably remains now is to finalise the audio, while Marvel's various VFX departments will presumably continue to polish the special effects ahead of the film's roll out at the end of April.

The record-breaking debut debunked the myth that a solo female superhero couldn't reliably open a film - a foundation of success laid by "Wonder Woman" and now solidified by "Captain Marvel".

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The box office bounty gives "Captain Marvel" the biggest opening of 2019 so far and signals a rebound for theater owners, whose sales are down 26% year-to-date.

"She definitely pushed us higher, further, faster", said Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff.

Earlier, Larson had even jumped behind the candy bar, serving up popcorn and soda like a hero. The film takes place in 1995 after all, so for audiences who aren't necessarily diehard Marvel fans, there's still plenty there for them to sink their teeth into. "And hopefully it'll be the movie that you want to revisit again and again, and as life goes on, it'll have more to it".

In "Captain Marvel's" case, timing isn't everything, but it certainly does help.

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