Captain Marvel Weekend Numbers Surpass $455 Million

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With an impressive $153 million debut in North America, Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe title totaled a global opening weekend of $455 million, or the sixth highest global debut and the biggest opening of 2019, surpassing the entire top 10 total of the same weekend a year ago.

We're still in opening weekend for Captain Marvel, but the film is already soaring past its predicted box office projections higher, further, faster than anyone could have expected. It opened in India on Friday.

Captain Marvel is also the first Marvel superhero movie that's headlined exclusively by a female superhero. Not surprisingly, no other major studio opened a new film in competition with "Captain Marvel". It also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn with Annette Benin and Jude Law.

Overall, it's the sixth-best worldwide opener of all time, beating out the global debuts other smash hits such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($281 million). The movie is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

In the list of the world's best theatrical releases, Captain Marvel pushes " according to "Box Office Mojo" six - for example, "Star Wars: The last Jedi" and "Black Panther". The films that precede it are: the three Avengers films, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, and Iron Man 3.

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Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel follows the story of Larson's character Carol Danvers as she navigates a monumental war between two alien races which transcends galaxies.

Brie Larson in and as Captain Marvel.

It's been a sluggish start to the year at the movies. Yes, Brie Larson was serving away popcorn and soda to movie watchers.

The huge debut is likely to see the movie, which is the first woman-lead superhero pic from Marvel Studios and Disney, land in the top 20 domestic openings of all time.

Despite vocal distaste from some social media users, who drove the film to a low Rotten Tomatoes audience score, movie theatre pollsters CinemaScore recorded an average "A" grade from those they surveyed after screenings.

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