Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel scored a staggering $153 million opening weekend domestically, for a total international box office haul of $455 million.
The 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also the franchise’s first female-fronted picture. As such, Captain Marvel now holds the record for the highest global opening for a female-fronted film ever, overtaking 2017’s Beauty and the Beast ($357 million). It’s also the second-best international opening for the entirety of the MCU, ahead of Avengers Assemble’s $392.5 million and behind only the jaw-dropping $641 million release of Avengers: Infinity War.
In a statement to press, Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff said: “Marvel Studios once again proves that stories combining diverse perspectives and different experiences make great movies that play to everybody. People crave representation. Higher, further, faster, baby.”
As things go, at least internationally, Captain Marvel is presently drawing in more money than any superhero film introducing a new character, in the history of the genre.
The film introduces Brie Larson as Carol Danvers – a.k.a the titular Captain Marvel – and follows as she attempts to discover her past and navigate an intergalactic war between the noble alien Kree, and their shape-shifting enemies, the Skrulls. The feature is in cinemas now, rated 12A.
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