So, I understand some folks were calling for a boycott of Captain Marvel, largely due to star Brie Larson’s criticism of white, male movie critics. Don’t think it worked.
Captain Marvel, the 21st film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, obliterated its competition as if the movie was equipped with its hero’s plasma-blasting fists. Consider: Captain Marvel earned $153 million in North America, according to early estimates. That’s the third-largest March opening of all time, Box Office Mojo says. And are you sitting down for this next part? It earned more than 10 times that of its closest competition: (How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World finished second with about $14.7 million.)
In fact, if you add up the weekend box office gross for the 47 movies playing in theaters right now not named Captain Marvel, you get somewhere in the neighborhood of $53.8 million. Yes, that’s right; Captain Marvel banked nearly three times what the rest of the field did, combined.
Captain Marvel’s debut was so dominant that after three days it’s already 2019’s highest-grossing movie. (Again, The Hidden World is second, with $119.7 million.) And we haven’t even talked about the $302 million it has earned thus far overseas. So while it’s not going to pass Black Panther anytime soon (the MCU’s highest-grossing movie in North America with $700.1 million), Box Office Mojo expects it’ll ultimately finish fifth—behind Panther and a trio of Avengers’ flicks.
Obviously, the rest of the box office was a bit of an afterthought this week. After Marvel and Hidden World, we find A Madea Family Funeral. The $12.1 million it earned was enough to land it in third place.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was a distant fourth. It earned just $3.8 million. But, with its overall domestic gross weighing in at $97.1 million, it looks primed to cross the $100 million mark in the next week or so.Alita: Battle Angel—the movie that some were pushing folks to see instead of Captain Marvel—doesn’t receive a noticeable bump despite the extra support. Now in its fourth weekend, Alita grabbed $3.2 million in its cyborg fists, about 56% less than it did the weekend before. Its total domestic cume now stands at $78.3 million.