It did that and then some. The Marvel Studios film took in $153 million domestically on its opening weekend, blowing past initial estimates that Captain Marvel would open to $135 million. That makes it the seventh-largest domestic opening weekend for a Marvel Studios movie, coming in above Guardians of the Galaxy and below Iron Man 3. Nine of the Top 10 Captain Marvel locations in China were IMAX. Not only is it the second largest opening for a superhero movie, but it also has the sixth best worldwide opening of all time.
The North Jersey Record reports theatre patrons at the AMC Theatre initially didn't seem to notice Larson, who was dressed in a Captain Marvel sweatsuit.More news: Jussie Smollett Indicted On 16 Felony Counts By Grand Jury
During a visit to the Captain Marvel set, Brie Larson discussed the high expectations that come with starring in Marvel's first female-led film. This success all but ensures a sequel and, presumably, opens the door for more female-led superhero films in the future.
Black Panther broke records around the world a year ago, becoming only the third film in history to gross over $700 million in the United States and Canada - taking a worldwide box office total of $1.346 billion. We discussed his experience as a Marvel mainstay and what it was like for him watching Larson (who he worked with on her feature directorial debut, Unicorn Store) step into the Marvel whirlwind herself. Yes, Brie Larson was serving away popcorn and soda to movie watchers.More news: Lawmakers push to keep Tennessee on Daylight Saving Time year-round
Captain Marvel: 1, trolls: 0. Some fans claimed Larson's hero didn't smile enough, a charge she responded to with doctored pictures of previous male Marvel superheroes with awkwardly full grins. To combat the down-voting issue in advance of "Captain Marvel", Rotten Tomatoes (which doesn't require users to verify that they've seen a movie that they're scoring) removed the ability to rate movies prior to release. "Captain Marvel" single-handedly chopped nearly 5 percent off that figure with a weekend that overall was up 47 percent from the same previous year.
Interestingly, Captain Marvel will also be seen in the conclusion of the Avengers franchise, Avengers: Endgame, which releases on April 26.More news: It’s official! Jennifer Lopez, A-Rod are engaged
Last week's number one movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World dropped to second place, taking in another $14.7 million.