Captain Marvel rises to massive $153 million opening weekend

Brie Larson

The movie, Marvel's first to be featured exclusively by a female hero, is headed toward the second biggest global opening of any superhero movie behind Avengers: Infinity War and the 6th best global box office debut ever.

Forbes reports that Captain Marvel is also the second-biggest solo superhero effort since Black Panther raked in $202 million in 2018. The film has opened in most countries except Japan. The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

The final tally won't come until Monday, but Sunday's figures have solidified "Captain Marvel" as the third-highest March debut of all time in the US, and the seventh-biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of all time. Helmed by Anna and Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel had created a lot of buzz much before the release due to its connection with Avengers 4 Endgame.

Similarly, in 2017 Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman totaled the box office at $821.74 million, making it the highest-grossing superhero origin film of all time.

Captain Marvel cost $150-M to make, is another win for Marvel and a testament to the company's brand and Disney's marketing expertise.

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Still, she's knocked out all the other solo hero flicks, including all the Iron Mans, Thors and Captain Americas, as well as the first two Avengers movies AND Civil War.

The official social media account for Captain Marvel shared pictures and videos of Brie Larson surprising fans on the opening weekend. However, not only in this country, Captain Marvel is at a record rate. The Hunger Games, which opened with US$152.5 million in March 2012, will move to the #4 spot. Captain Marvel holds the distinction of being Marvel Studios' first female-led solo superhero movie, but with its strong debut this past weekend, it'll probably soon be joined by plenty more.

After years of waiting, Captain Marvel finally crashed into theatres last week.

Meanwhile, Brie previously revealed she hopes "Captain Marvel" will spark a global conversation about diversity. "#HigherFurtherFaster", the Captain Marvel Twitter account wrote alongside photos of Larson meeting fans and giving them popcorn.

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