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Captain Marvel remains on top in US with $69 million second weekend

Captain Marvel

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL’S Captain Marvel has comfortably remained on top of the US box office for a second weekend with a sophomore total of $69 million.

The film also continued to dominate overseas, where it took $120 million for a super-heroic worldwide total of $760 million.

The first female-led superhero adventure from Marvel Studios and Disney – starring Brie Larson – is now guaranteed to earn in excess of $1 billion.

It has already passed some superhero landmarks when judged against other titles in the genre, including Suicide Squad ($747 million), Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714 million), Doctor Strange ($678 million), and last year’s Ant-Man & The Wasp ($623 million), not adjusted for inflation.

Overseas, where Captain Marvel‘s tally stands at $494 million, it has also zoomed past rival DC’s Wonder Woman, which finished its run with a foreign tally of $409 million (Wonder Woman‘s global total was $821.8 million).

While the good news for the weekend went to Marvel, there wasn’t as much joy for the chasing pack. New release Wonder Park, an animated family adventure from Paramount, opened to a dismal $16 million after landing generally bad reviews.

That figure is particularly disappointing given that it is estimated to have cost as much as $100 million to produce before marketing. But it did take second spot and opened ahead of pre-release tracking, offering a glimmer of hope that it could break even with a sustained run in US cinemas and a strong overseas showing.

Wonder Park has had a troubled history, having been years in the making. It suffered its first setback in 2018 when director Dylan Parker was fired by Paramount for inappropriate conduct. And no director is credited on the final cut.

The story follows a young girl named June (voiced by Brianna Denski) who discovers she’s the only one who can save an amusement park full of magical rides and talking animals.

Teen drama Five Feet Apart followed in third place with an estimated $13.2 million, nearly double its budget of $7 million. The drama, which also received lukewarm reviews, follows Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse), two teenage cystic fibrosis patients, who fall in love.

However, due to their mutual illness, the pair must remain a certain distance from each other at all times.

The film’s performance did, however, mark a success in US box office terms.

A third new opener, the thriller Captive State, fell flat in its opening with $3.1 million. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, the sci-fi thriller, starring John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Machine Gun Kelly and Vera Farmiga, follows a young man who leads a rebellion against an alien race that has invaded Earth.

Rounding out the US top five, meanwhile, were How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World which secured fourth place, picking up $9.3 million, for a US total of $135 million to date, and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, which placed fifth, adding a further $8 million to bring its US total to $59 million.