Captain Marvel shatters box office ceiling with $153 million opening weekend

The film from Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel division opened with North American weekend sales of $153 million, researcher Comscore Inc. estimated Sunday in an email.

Despite angry men on the internet's best attempts at making the female-led superhero movie bomb, Captain Marvel raked in somewhere around $455 million internationally on opening weekend.

Captain America: The First Avenger pulled in $65 million its opening weekend while Captain America: Winter Soldier raked in $95 million. However, the film's take is now estimated to be between $153 million and $157 million.

That's the third-largest March opening-weekend in movie history.

Captain Marvel is now playing! Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have put together a good superhero movie with Captain Marvel, especially since it is the first female superhero movie. Aside from the title character (played by Brie Larson), Marvel's latest action flick highlights the real superpowers exhibited by real women every day with the introduction of Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau.

The Marvel movie's box office takings have been of particular interest to analysts, given the concerted efforts by trolls, bots and misogynists to drag down its audience review scores on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, and "dislike" any related videos on YouTube.

CinemaScore, which relies on interviews with audience members coming out of theatres, found crowds very much liked "Captain Marvel", giving it an A rating. When you see those moments between her and Maria, they're just normal women having a chit chat, connecting with each other and having each other's back.

Brie stressed that the new superhero movie can be enjoyed without even considering the issue of diversity. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Fox's Alita: Battle Angel drew $468,000 in its fourth, reaching $10.2 million.

  • Kyle Peterson