Box Office: CAPTAIN MARVEL Destroys All Competition with $455 Million Global Opening
Welcome to the Beat’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up!
Marvel Studios released its 21st production, Captain Marvel, into 4,310 theaters on Friday, and it ended the weekend with an estimated $153 million, making it the seventh highest opening for a Marvel movie. All seven of those blockbusters were released through Disney.
Averaging over $35,000 per theaters, Captain Marvel also achieved the third biggest opening for a March release after Disney’s Beauty and the Beast‘s $175 million in 2017 and Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with $166 million a year earlier. Although Captain Marvel is ahead of former March record-holder The Hunger Games’ $152.5 million, it’s by such a small margin, we might have to wait until Monday afternoon for actual box office. (UPDATE: Captain Marvel is officially the third biggest March opener with an actual weekend box office of $153.4 million.)
Despite the attempt by internet trolls to mess with the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB ratings, Captain Marvel received a positive “A” CinemaScore and basically achieved the opening many were predicting, being just slightly higher than my updated prediction from Thursday.
Overseas, Captain Marvel grossed an equally impressive $302 million with $89.3 million of that from China alone, $24.1 million in South Korea and $16.8 million in the UK. It was probably a wise movie by Disney to give the movie an international day-and-date, as it gave the movie a global opening of $455 million for its first weekend.
Not surprisingly, every other movie in theaters was cowed by Captain Marvel’s release with most other movies dropping between 45% or more from last weekend.
DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World dropping to second place with $14.7 million (down 51%) with just under $120 million grossed domestically, while Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral dropped to third place with $12 million and $45.9 million grossed so far.
The LEGO Movie 2 had one of the smaller drops in the top 10, down 42% but retaining fourth place with $3.8 million. It still hasn’t crossed the $100 million mark domestically.
20th Century Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel took a 56% hit from last weekend, dropping to fifth with $3.2 million and $78.3 million grossed so far. Alita added another $11.6 million overseas to bring its global gross to $382.7 million i.e. less than Captain Marvel made in its first weekend.
Universal’s Best Picture winner Green Book remained in sixth place with $2.5 million and $80 million total.
NEON expanded Todd Douglas Miller’s doc Apollo 11 into 405 theaters after a single week IMAX run, but it ended up dropping 19% to $1.3 million while also entering the bottom of the top 10. It has grossed $3.8 million total.
Vincent D’Onofrio’s Western The Kid opened in 268 theaters but ended up towards the bottom of the top 20 with $505,000 or $1,884 per theater. Julianne Moore’s drama Gloria Bell (A24) opened in five theaters in New York and L.A. and ended up with $154,000, roughly a third of what The Kid did in 50 times more theaters.
This Week’s Top 10:
|Rank||Last Week Rank||Movie||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Total Gross|
|1||New||Captain Marvel||Marvel/Disney||$153.4 million||N/A||$153.4 million|
|2||1||How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||DreamWorks||$14.7 million||-51%||$119.7 million|
|3||2||Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral||Lionsgate||$12 million||-56%||$45.9 million|
|4||4||The LEGO Movie 2||Warner Bros.||$3.8 million||-42%||$97.1 million|
|5||3||Alita: Battle Angel||20th Century Fox||$3.2 million||-56%||$78.3 million|
|6||6||Green Book||Universal||$2.5 million||-46%||$80.1 million|
|7||7||Isn’t It Romantic||New Line/WB||$2.4 million||-47%||$44.1 million|
|8||5||Fighting with My Family||MGM/WWE||$2.2 million||-53%||$18.6 million|
|9||8||Greta||Focus||$2.2 million||-52%||$8.2 million|
|10||15||Apollo 11||NEON||$1.3 million||-19%||$3.8 million|
Since the top 10 this weekend last year made $123 million with Black Panther celebrating its fourth weekend at #1 with $41 million, this year’s box office slaughtered it with Captain Marvel making more than last year’s entire top 10 on its own.
Check back on Wednesday for The Beat’s Box Office Preview where we’ll look at four new wide releases taking on Captain Marvel‘s second weekend.
Edward Douglas has been writing about movies and other forms of entertainment for over 25 years, so he’s probably older than you.