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Captain Marvel soars to $153 million US opening

Captain Marvel

Story by Jack Foley

BRIE Larson’s Captain Marvel has enjoyed a superheroic opening weekend of $153 million at the US box office, helping to revive what had been a forgettable start to 2019.

The Marvel tentpole also took in $302 million internationally, giving it an estimated global opening weekend of $455 million.

In doing so, the film surpassed the $103 million grossed by DC’s ground-breaking Wonder Woman on its first weekend, as well as landing the seventh biggest debut for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the three Avengers movies, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3, not adjusted for inflation.

It has already performed well above studio projections, which had predicted the film would launch somewhere in the region of $125 million in the US. And it took in nearly triple what had been the biggest opener of the year so far, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, which debuted with $55 million in February.

Internationally, the movie grossed $89.3 million in China, followed by $24.1 million in South Korea, $16.8 million in the UK and $13.4 million in Brazil, a near-industry record. So far internationally, Captain Marvel is pulling in more money than any superhero film introducing a new character.

In addition to starring Larson, in what marks Marvel’s first superhero film to be solely focused on a female superhero, the cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou and Jude Law. The movie is co-written and directed by indie stalwarts Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Elsewhere, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – the third and final film in the animated series – placed second with $14.7 million in its third weekend for a US total of $119.7 million and $435.2 million globally.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral came in third in its sophomore outing with $12 million for a 10-day total of $45.9 million; The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part came fourth with $3.8 million and Alita: Battle Angel rounded out the top five with $3.2 million.

Alita’s US total through Sunday stands at $78.3 million, which continues to rate as a disappointment considering the film’s $170 million-plus budget.