Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Moviegoers gets to see ‘Captain Marvel’ in the flesh

Moviegoers gets to see ‘Captain Marvel’ in the flesh

Captain Marvel logged the seventh-best opening of the 21 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, spurring what has been a lackluster box-office year so far.

"Captain Marvel", Marvel Studios' first female-fronted superhero movie, launched with $153 million domestically and $455 million globally, according to studio estimates Sunday, making it one of the biggest blockbusters ever led by a woman. But "Captain Marvel", which came in at the high end of the Walt Disney Co.'s expectations, ranks as one of Marvel's most successful character debuts.

The character is expected to play a key role in Marvel's next film Avengers: Endgame, which is released in the United Kingdom on 25 April.

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This makes it the fifth highest worldwide opening weekend of all time and the second highest superhero opening weekend of all time - with Avengers: Infinity War taking the top spot at an opening of $640m.

Captain Marvel is officially a hit - not that you needed any convincing.

International IMAX weekend results for the film reached $22 million from 964 international sites and set new records including IMAX's best international Marvel opening and IMAX's second biggest international opening of all-time. We can only hope that the success they've found with Black Panther and now Captain Marvel means that the heroes of the MCU bring more and more representation to fans of superhero movies. When a Kree soldier calling herself Vers (Brie Larson) crash lands on Earth, Fury gets his very first taste of what the cosmos have to offer and finds himself right in the middle of a longstanding conflict between the extraterrestrial Kree and Skrulls. In 2017, "Wonder Woman" paved the way in hinting to Hollywood that (shocker!) audiences will still turn out for a movie centered on a female protagonist. Disney positioned "Captain Marvel" to be a key link between "Avengers: Infinity War" and its follow-up, "Avengers: Endgame", the epic conclusion that arrives in theaters this summer.

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