Captain Marvel Snags Another Win

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We don’t know how she’s going to fare against Thanos come April. But Captain Marvel sure can dominate the box office.

The galactic champion reigned supreme in earthbound theaters for the second-straight weekend, earning an estimated $69.3 million in North America alone. Captain Marvel has already earned $266.2 million, adding to its already huge lead in the year’s box-office standings. (How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, is a very distant second with $135.6 million.)

But as strong as Captain Marvel has been domestically, it’s arguably performing even better overseas. It’s earned a half billion dollars in 54 international markets, bringing its overall tally to $760 million. It’s still got plenty of work to do before it climbs into the upper echelons of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Captain Marvel’s shown no signs of draining its plasma juice anytime soon.

A whole host of newcomers couldn’t take down Captain Marvel, but no matter: They did pretty well for themselves in their own right.

Wonder Park was the best of the freshmen. The animated film, most of which takes place in an imaginative amusement park, took off like a roller coaster, corkscrewing and looping its way to $16 million. Sure, the flick’s finances didn’t soar at the same level of Captain Marvel’s. But still, the movie’s modest money was more than its makers imagined it’d make. Paramount enjoyed the thrilling fiscal ride so much, in fact, that it’s already in line for next weekend.

The teen-centric romance Five Feet Apart earned about $13.2 million to finish third—also a little higher than prognosticators were prognisticating. Nothing like a couple of sickly, lovestruck kids to make for a healthy box office.

While How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World may lag far behind Captain Marvel in the year’s box-office tally, it’s still stashing cash. Hiccup and Toothless raked in another $9.3 million this weekend to finish fourth. That pushed it just above Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, which closed out the top five with $8.1 mil.

Two other newbies finished well outside the top five. No Manches Frida 2, a Spanish-language comedy, cruised into sixth place with $3.9 million, which pushed the aggressively ignored Captive State to seventh. The odd sci-fi thriller collected $3.2 million. Which, officially at least, is $3.2 million more than Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase earned. While I’m sure that plenty of folks saw Ms. Drew find that hidden staircase this week (or maybe she hid it? I don’t know), official numbers for the film haven’t been released yet.

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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Rhoda Cormier More than 1 year ago
Personally although they could be worse movies to see I honestly don’t like the actress at all and there’s a reason why I haven’t gone to theaters to see it...Yes everyone is entitled to their opinion, but honestly she is one of the most idiotic, man hating let’s say some of the stupidest things possibly cause I’m a mean angry feminist and for some reason think that I know everything...Not saying the movie is horrible, but there’s a reason she’s not really known for much other then “room..” That and just everything about her irritates me...
charitysplace More than 1 year ago
I saw Gone With the Wind last weekend for the first time on the big screen. Now THAT is a movie that lasts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw it on tv last Thanksgiving for the first time ever and except for a couple of classic lines and the cool looking fire in the middle of the movie I just don't get what all the fuss is about. Scarlett is so wishy-washy throughout the whole thing she gets on my nerves half the time, and all the old time Southern stuff seems more annoying than anything. All the fiddle de de's, petticoats and big floppy hats gets old after awhile, and overall I'd say the movie feels about an hour too long. Some long movies like The Ten Commandments and Titanic justify their length, but not Gone With the Wind in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apparently I just don't like seeing frenzied garish looking comic book-like animation. I'm more into the stark realism of a Snow White, or the gorgeous watercolor backgrounds in Sleeping Beauty, or the jaw-droppingly realistic floating almost 3D like quality to a Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, or even Brave and Ratatouille. Heck I even love the wonderful CGI animation of a Peter Rabbit or a Paddington Bear. I guess for me I just wish Spiderman had gone back in time so to speak and made something as eye-poppingly incredible like like Disney's been doing for more than 80 years now. Even the Despicable Me movies have moments in them that make me go "wow", but this latest Spidey film was sort of like an amped-up Moulin Rouge or something but not in a cool stylistic way like that movie was. Just makes me sad really that this is the kind of animation that people think is cool lately.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would actually be a lot easier to read and respond to you if you had your thoughts all in one post. Otherwise, it just looks like you're trying to spam the comment section
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree. It feels like there are multiple people saying it's bad. But it's just one. You. Post it all at once, so we can disagree with you all at once. And you must not know how to use the reply button because you simply could have replied to David's post.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Just about anything by Pixar has much better animation, recent Disney films like Big Hero 6 and The Princess and the Frog have more jaw-droppingly beautiful scenes as well, heck Hotel Transylvania 3 had cooler looking almost 3-D like animation as well.


Basically I think tons of films have had much better animation than this latest Spiderman mess.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You say that. But that's because you're used to the simple style of animation. 

Big Hero Six was a good film. Not going to diss it. But the animation was plain. 

Spider-Man: ITSV decided to go different. They decided to try and make their animation like a comic book. And they won Best Animated Picture. Beating Disney's streak. Unless I'm mistaken, I think you have a rare opinion.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How could you possibly say that Hero and Baymax flying through the sky was plain? It was one of the most jaw-droppingly awesome things I've ever seen. It's obvious we have way different views on animation, that's for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't mean it like that. ITSV had colors mixed and craziness. BH6 felt more like a typical Disney animation flick. That scene was good. But the animation was pretty bland IMO. But the animation itself is still great! I'm just saying ITSV's animation was better.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this the same anonymous posting over and over again?
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me the story wasn't unique in the least. Just the same old weird back story played over and over. And the animation was definitely the weirdest I've ever seen, not the most impressive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you ok? The animation was some of the best work ever! It took them one week to make one second of animation for the film. And that's because the animation style is different from all the rest.

It takes after comic books. 

And could you draw something remotely as good as one second of that animation?

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So as a official Marvel and all-around superhero movie hater (The Dark Knight, Logan, and Deadpool being exceptions) I think I should address this sudden hatred for ITTSV.

It was honestly a decent movie, I was quite surprised actually. It had a unique story, as well as being fairly humorous (no people, Peter Porker was awesome, don't deny it). It was one of the most impressive animated films in the past decade, and is overall quite entertaining. 
Now, will I watch it again? No, probably not. But I don't regret seeing it, which is something I can't say about Spider-man 2
-David the Clown  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter Porker was the best! Bought the Blu-Ray and there is a short film just about him! This made the buy worth it! (Not that it wasn't before.) 

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heck, even my 51 year old sister who saw it with me thought it was weird and stupid too. And she like me loved the Tobey Maguire ones and also really loved Incredibles 2. Apparently my family just has better/different tastes from the rest of America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better? Probably not.

Different? Definately.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first 3 Spiderman movies, and I really loved Incredibles 2, and I can at least appreciate parts of the various Batman movies, but this Spider-verse movie stinks pure and simple. Take away all the confusing boring back stories that all these weird spider guys and gals are coming up with and what you're left with is ugly looking animation. I suppose some may see it as cool and artsy and all that stuff but I saw weird confusing images blending together with garish looking colors that just looked odd to me. I realize I'm probably in the minority on this one, but I just didn't get this new version of Spiderman in the least.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Spiderman does not exist. There is a guy with a similar name called Spider-Man, but there's no one called Spiderman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree. Who is this Spiderman?

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally saw Into the Spider-verse this weekend and absolutely hated it. With the most garish looking animation possible sort of like a cross between The Lego Movie and The Nightmare Before Christmas with a whole bunch of paint splattered on it, it was just unbelievably weird and strange to see. And the 6 or 7 origin stories colliding with one another made it even more stupid and confusing as heck. Seriously, what was with that dumb Peter Porker guy? Anyway, I know the movie has tons of fans and won Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, but I seriously hated it and my only hope now for the franchise is if Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst come back as Spiderman and Mary Jane respectively. If they don't I hate to say it but it might be time to kill off Spiderman once and for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy 

I enjoyed the movie, but I do think it’s pretty overrated. I mean, it’s a fun movie to let younger Spider-Man fans watch (preteens), but it’s not one of the best superhero films ever made or even from last year. Spider-Man 2 was probably the best Spider-Man film in my opinion (but if we’re bending the rules a bit, I’d say the Spider-Man PS4 video game was the best Spider-Man movie).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy 

Also, don’t forget the hyphen between Spider and Man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Says no one. Enjoy being one of the few people on the planet with this opinion.

Spider-Man. 'Nuff said.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excuse me fine sir, but how dare you insult our greatest national treasure and history's finest hero Spider-Ham like that! >:(

-Evan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter Porker was the dumbest one yet. Even worse than the guy who practically hemorrhaged while eating the hamburger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy 

That’s pigist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May I say this is the most comments in less than 24 hours we've had in a while.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is Thanos really the villain though? We haven't been showed who the Avengers are fighting...

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Also, who else here watched the Endgame trailer 20+ times the first 24 hours it was out?


(Slowly raises hand)

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My brother (The Duke of Popcorn) has lol.
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait. What. In. The. World. 

YOU GUYS ARE BROTHERS?????

Mind blown.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol yes. I'm older but he's taller. We are quite the duo XD
-David the Clown

Duke is really into Marvel himself. Something that leads me to doubt our relation.......
 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must be a Marvel hater like my younger brother!

I'm sure you guys aren't related... I guess you'll have to look for adoption papers to figure out whose really part of the family!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse

P.S.
Betcha this comment gets taken down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@A-non-mouse
Yup. I despise Marvel.....

@Some_Guy
Believe it or not, but there are plenty more Marvel lovers out there lol
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mean I can understand that if you have it rubbed in your face a lot with your sibs @David the Clown

@some_guy
There are a TON of Marvel lovers. We have a ton at my church.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

T-Series is the villain. The Avengers need to defeat them before T-Series defeats Pewdiepie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(*Looks dazed and confused*)
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol. I'm dying!!!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The T in T-Series stands for Thanos....

-Evan
Lyn Chartowich More than 1 year ago
You know, with all the controversy surrounding Captain Marvel and that actress-Brie something-'s comments, I didn't expect it to do so well.
Rocketshipper More than 1 year ago
there could be many possibilities.  maybe this shows that most people aren't going to write off an entire movie just because they don't agree with something the actress in it said.   Maybe her comments didn't actually reach a big enough audience to make a difference, or maybe the people upset by her comments are a vocal minority, and others just didn't have a problem with them.    
Lyn Chartowich More than 1 year ago
That's true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the whole whoop-de-doo shows how social media tends to amplify silly little culture-war grievances vastly out of proportion. The ends of the political spectrum generate the most heat online, but those extreme views don't dominate our culture -- at least not yet.

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't aware right wing 19 year olds were the only people we get upset at blatant sexist and racist rhetoric, but alrighty then, guess that's how that goes.
And it wasn't "supposed" you can literally look the exact words she said.
But enough of that, I honestly couldn't care less if it wins or loses. I don't  plan to see it. I really can't stand the MCU films to begin with, and I don't like Larson as an actress. She ruined Free Fire and 21 Jump Street imo. Natalie Portman would have been a better choice. But they sadly wasted her in Thor....
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just gonna say, I hadn't even heard of it until someone said it on here. 

I went and saw it anyway. She has the freedom of speech. I don't care what she thinks as long as they don't shove it down my throat in the theatre. Which they didn't. They tried to convince me to take a bite.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh I completely agree she has/had every right to say what she wants, and its not even something i'm all that upset about. Dumb things get said in public all the time. Nothing new there. I'm just saying that it is ludicrous to pretend that was she said wasn't stupid.
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah. Who cares? Film was still good! And 90% of all Holywood are libs so. Yeah.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those dadgum libs XD
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yup! Those dadgum libs! XD

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@Some_guy
I'm totally on board with that. Same goes for NY lol.
-David the Clown
Miss Priss More than 1 year ago
It's a Marvel movie. Marvel has spent 10 years building a strong fanbase. Of course it was going to do well. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It honestly shocks me when any Marvel film breaks the Box Office. It's basically the same movie on repeat 
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@David the Clown
This is not true.

 @Miss Priss 
So true. And I am one of the proud people who go see their movies opening day.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

In a way, I think both David and A-Non-Mouse are both right. Marvel has found ways to differentiate its movies so that they're not too samey. Guardians of the Galaxy is a space comedy. Ant-Man is a heist film. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a highschool dramedy. Black Panther was a family drama (by that I don't mean family friendly, I mean that there was drama in the film of the family).

But David does have a bit of a point in his complaint. Every Marvel film has a lot of superheroic fight scenes with a healthy dose of comedy to boot. Captain Marvel is no different. Now that form of film making isn't necessarily bad. Marvel has been doing this for years now, and people continually show up to their films (and why should Marvel fix what isn't broken?) But this film strategy can wear out on some people over time. It's part of the reason why I initially loved Batman v Superman when it came out in 2016. It was different from the Marvel film that we got every 3-6 months, and I liked the direction that that film went in.

Looking back though, I think that the film had a lot of brilliant ideas that were just executed in a horrible way. So I frankly like BvS more for what it was trying to be, not for what it actually is. Still, I think that BvS is better than the Age of Ultron knockoff Warner Brothers gave us with Justice League.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do agree that Marvel does have silmilar qualities with it's films, but they all do have different tones like @First Comment Guy said. They also have different stories. Now Phase Two of the MCU felt like the same old same old (with the exception of Winter Soldier, Guardians, and Ant-Man). But Phase Three has been so different with new devolpments in the plot every step of the way.

I do like darker super hero films, which is why I love the Dark Knight Trilogy so much. But DC doesn't have a great formula for that right now. And they noticed it halfway between Justice League, got a new director and messed the whole thing up (I want to see the Snyder cut so badly!!). So they decided to copy Marvel's formula: great CGI, jokes, and bad guy/good guy fight scenes. And now Aquaman is the highest grossing DC film of all time. Looking forward to Shazam and James Gunn's Sucide Squad. They need to stick with the fun formula as I'm going to call it until they figure out the dark formula.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

For me, Aquaman was the right balance of epic, large scale storytelling and fun popcorn entertainment. It felt like what Snyder was trying to achieve in his films. And to be honest, it's my favorite DC movie aside from The Dark Knight.

And you're right about DC staying funny and light for right now. If DC ever makes another Superman movie (and I REALLY hope that they do), make him cheerful and optimist for the first film, then you can give us a more serious Superman (similar to what Marvel has done with Captain America).

And yeah, I want to see the Snyder Cut too.
#releasethesnydercut