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.