Captain Marvel Caps Marvelous Weekend


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.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I think that those people had reason to think that the film would bomb. 

Me personally, I didn’t think it would bomb, but I did think it would potentially underperform a bit. Granted, it did have the benefit of having one cohesive vision from start to finish and as a result didn’t need to skyrocket the budget to change the film (unlike Justice League and Solo, which both suffered from director swaps in between filming), but I wasn’t expecting it to be a huge money maker.

Alas, I (and the naysayers) were wrong. And life goes on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Yeah, sexism would be a crazy assumption, especially since Wonder Woman was my favorite movie of 2017.

And I wasn’t hoping it to fail. I just thought it would underperform, maybe end it’s run in the over/under $600 million range worldwide. Now that the weekend is over I can see that it’s going to make more than that, maybe even $1 billion.

Right leaning people don’t have a problem with strong women characters. Take a look at Leia Organa, Wonder Woman, Black Widow, Katniss Everdeen among others. 

Strong female characters are not the problem; bad storytelling is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Oh, and since you’re accusing me of hoping for female-led works of fiction to fail, you do realize that I own (and love) a copy of Horizon Zero Dawn, right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew it wouldn't underperform. I was afraid it wouldn't be a Marvel film we've come to expect these days. May I say I wasn't expecting much because the marketing wasn't great for it, if I may so myself. I was pleasantly surprised. 


< I don't know if anyone else on here is a comic reader like I am, but I went in knowing the Skrulls were bad and the Kree were good from the comics (after reading the Marvel classic Avengers Kree/Skrull War storyline.). I kept going on throughout the movie thinking, "They won't change something that big, then they can't do the Secret Invasion storyline later." I was shocked when they changed it. Good shocked. That was a great twist. Good job whoever wrote the film!! >


All in all, go see it! It is a great film. I love how it set up two Avengers films, the first and Endgame. And that isn't a spoiler. If you've read about the film and watched the trailers you should have figured it out.

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Rocketshipper More than 1 year ago

minor spoilers

<Anyone who has been watching the tie-in show Agents of Shield would already be suspicious of the Kree; every appearance they have had on that show has been negative>

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Was wondering what was taking you guys so long to post this box office report!

Anyways, a few of my friends at my Bible study group were going to see Captain Marvel the other night, and they invited me to join them. Not wanting to turn down the opportunity to spend time with fellow believers, I went with them and I enjoyed myself more than I thought I would.

Not sure why Brie Larson called this movie her way of spreading activism, because I didn't really get any of that while watching the film, aside from the line of showing "the boys how to do it." Granted, that line isn't that political by itself; it's just in the context of today that it could be taken offense to.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. The parts where Fury was cuddling with the cat made me cringe (because that's just something Sam Jackson never does in a movie), but the action and the villains who weren't exactly "bad guys" helped made the movie thoroughly enjoyable. So while I wait for DC to make a proper Green Lantern movie, I guess Captain Marvel will have to do for now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Also, Captain Marvel made $153 million, which is almost 4x the competition?

53.8 X 4 = 215.2

I think you meant to say almost 3x the competition.
Paul Asay More than 1 year ago
First comment guy, Paul Asay here. Alas, we had a bit of a glitch getting it posted. And let's pass the math issue off as a glitch, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Yeah, we’ll go with that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hahaha! I enjoyed it thoroughly too. I think going in with low expectations helps too. And I agree with you I didn't get a lot of the feminism comments. There were a couple but not many. And what do you have against Sam Jackson and the cat? I thought it was funny!

Also, does anyone else remember how Nick Fury said in Captain America: The Winter Soldier how the last time he trusted someone he lost an eye? XD he lost it to a cat.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I strongly dislike the MCU films myself, so I don't plan on seeing this one.
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I don’t know, I just didn’t buy Nick Fury loving that cat. I felt like Jackson was being too over the top in that scene, which he’s not known for doing. I’m fine with the way he loved the cat; I just didn’t like how goofy the movie and Jackson made it look.

And yeah, I do remember that from Winter Soldier, though I think it would’ve been cooler if (SPOILER) the Skrull disguised as Coulson had given him that scar.

Speaking of Coulson, he was probably the most disappointing thing about the movie for me, considering that he was given nothing to do and that you could’ve dropped him from the film completely and nothing would’ve changed.

Aw well, maybe next time. (Wouldn’t it be cool if Coulson was in Endgame?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@David the Clown
Why do you dislike them? I guess you are entitled to your opinion.

@First Comment Guy (Spoilers to follow read with Caution)
Yeah. I can agree with that. He did seem a little over the top. I did like how he was a little less serious in this film than in the others. I just think it shows that he's been through a lot and learned a lot between Captain Marvel and Avengers 1. I would like to see a Disney+ TV show just about him and Coulson.

I do think that Coulson was a little bit disappointing, but you also have to remember that he had just joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury wasn't the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. yet. 

And I agree it would have been a lot better if the Skrull Coulson had taken his eye, but it would have messed up continuity. Because you can kind of understand his comment in the Winter Soldier with it being the cat, but if it had been Coulson, you couldn't. Because Nick Fury says in the film that he didn't know Coulson all that well and he had just joined, but in The Winter Soldier he says, "The last time I trusted someone I lost an eye," (or something like that.) but he trusted Coulson in Avengers 1. So it wouldn't make as much sense. 

Lol. I would love to see a Disney+ TV series about them two rising to the top of S.H.I.E.L.D. when they were younger.

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