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.

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 million N/A $153 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.


  1. “Read it and weep, YouTube bros”?
    I see far more comments alluding towards hatred of this movie, than actual hatred of this movie.

  2. I watched it three times already. I am enjoying the perks of my Sinemia unlimited plan. It was a good movie, it should be seen in a big screen for sure.

  3. “I see far more comments alluding towards hatred of this movie, than actual hatred of this movie.”
    Random YouTube video titles:
    “Why Captain Marvel DOES NOT WORK / Analysis”
    “Captain Marvel is boring TRASH; here’s why”
    “CAPTAIN MARVEL is the worst MCU Movie YET”
    “Captain Marvel’s Box Office Success is a Big Problem” (because there will be more movies driven by “woke social justice” and filled with “feminist propaganda”)
    And on and on and on.

  4. Wow. Five people who don’t like the movie. Yup. It’s just an avalanche of criticism. No other movie has EVER had so many negative YouTube comments. I mean, it’s not like people were trashing “Ghost in the Shell” without ever seeing it based ONLY on the race of the star. Nope. Those sorts of things never happened.

  5. “Wow. Five people who don’t like the movie.”
    I guess you missed the “And on and on and on.”
    Mike, why are you here? You never have anything positive to say about anything. And you ridicule every comment that anyone else ever posts. I guess we’re supposed to respect your “awesome” wisdom.
    Now go back to your parents’ basement. The rest of us are busy living in the 21st century.

  6. A week from now, this whole “controversy” will be forgotten — until the next nerdy movie with a female protagonist is announced, and it will start up again.

  7. Must just be Marvel fans who can’t abide a female lead. Wonder Woman was welcomed with open arms by DC fans, and I don’t recall any resentment whatsoever.

  8. We just saw it in the cinema. There was a group of 15 (?) year old girls behind us, who were excited throughout the whole movie, and squeed when Cap Marvel lit up. If someone’d tell me that the movie was made for them, and not for me (40+ guy) then I’m okay with that.

  9. “Now go back to your parents’ basement.”
    Wow. How do you get through life when you’re so easily triggered? It must be a triumph not to choke on your cornflakes every morning.
    The fact remains that the black Captain Marvel was shoved aside in comics and film for a whiter-than-white woman. Isn’t that supposed to be a BAD thing?
    It also remains true that the very things you are complaining about with Captain Marvel have happened MANY other times to MANY other movies, books, TV shows, etc. The only difference is that in those cases, the stupid trollish criticism was coming from the Left. Can you finish this phrase – “What’s good for the goose…?”
    I don’t know what sort of people you normally hang around with but among grown ups, attacking someone’s character when you can’t refute their arguments is conclusive proof you’ve lost the debate.

  10. Mike,
    How is “those scumbags didn’t make a movie with a black superheroine” all that different from “those scumbags didn’t make a movie with a male Captain Marvel?”
    Aren’t they equally reactive?

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