The box office has had some issues in 2019 and Captain Marvel gave it a much needed power up. The 21st entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe delivered the seventh largest opening weekend of all time and earned more in three days than the combined totals of any previous three-day weekend so far this year.
With an estimated $153 million earned domestically Captain Marvel is already the top grossing domestic film of the year after one weekend. Based on that opening and past MCU films, the movie should have a domestic earning somewhere above $400 million.
The film played to an audience that was 55% male and 45% female and 64% of the film’s crowd was aged 25 or older. That’s one of the smallest gender divides of a Marvel film and one of the older audiences. Wonder Woman opened with a crowd that was 52% female. The film also earned an “A” CinemaScore.
Internationally, the film earned an estimated $302 million which is the fifth highest international opening weekend of all-time and the sixth largest worldwide debut ever. The top market internationally was China where the filmed earned $89.3 million and is the third highest MCU opening there. The film also boasts the biggest global launch for a female-fronted film and second-largest for superhero film.
The film delivered an opening weekend where the film earned $455 million worldwide.
In second place was How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World which earned an estimated $14.7 million to bring its domestic total to $119.7 million. It added $21.7 million internationally to bring that total to $315.5 million for a worldwide total of $435.2 million.
In third place was Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral which delivered an estimated $12.1 million to bring its domestic total to $45.9 million.
In fourth place was The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part which brought in an estimated $3.8 million to bring its domestic total to $97.1 million. Internationally the film added $3.9 million to bring that total to $67.3 million for a worldwide total of $164.4 million.
Rounding out the top five was Alita: Battle Angel which saw a 55.7% drop from the previous weekend where it was third. The movie earned an estimated $3.2 million to bring its domestic total to $78.3 million. It also added $11.6 million from 74 overseas market to bring that total to $304.3 million and $382.7 million worldwide. That film was targeting as a boost by incel/MRA types in protest of Captain Marvel. Their protest clearly didn’t work showing their buying power is directly inverse to how loud they are online and ability to review bomb films.
In other comic films….
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped from 11th last week to 15th this week earning an estimated $650,000 to bring its domestic total to $188.8 million.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into the earnings of 2018 and 2019’s comic adaptations.