After just two weeks in theaters, Captain Marvel has already passed Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the box office. Last weekend, the latest installment in the MCU gave the marketplace a much-needed shot in the arm by posting the sixth-highest debut of all-time with $455 million worldwide. Riding waves of positive buzz from audiences and critics, Captain Marvel quickly became the first bona fide blockbuster of 2019, setting the stage for an extremely lucrative commercial run.
Many expected Captain Marvel to have strong legs, particularly because none of this weekend's wide releases were all that appealing. Among the newcomers were panned offerings like Captive State and Wonder Park, neither of which posed much of a threat to the latest Marvel juggernaut. Unsurprisingly, the road was clear for Captain Marvel to add a significant amount to its totals, and it's already leapfrogged some notable fellow MCU entries.
According to Box Office Mojo, Captain Marvel's worldwide total now stands at $760.2 million. That surpasses the global haul of 2014's The Winter Soldier ($714.3 million) and moves Captain Marvel up to 11th on the all-time MCU chart. The Carol Danvers origin story also passed The Winter Soldier at the domestic box office ($266.2 million over $259.7 million).
Captain Marvel was never in any real danger of bombing, but even the rosiest optimists may not have seen this coming. The film most definitely shattered projections and is well on its way to joining the $1 billion club. Only two other MCU standalone movies, Black Panther and Iron Man 3, grossed that much (Civil War, while part of the Captain America series, was essentially a major crossover film), putting Captain Marvel in rather exclusive company. Certainly, the lack of meaningful competition played a role in this development, but Captain Marvel's success speaks to how excited viewers are to welcome Carol to the MCU. It's no coincidence that one week after Captain Marvel opened, Marvel released a new Avengers: Endgame trailer that ended with a moment between Thor and Carol that's already become a fan-favorite.
Though Captain Marvel should continue to do very well at the box office over the next few weeks, its time at the top of the charts may be coming to an end soon. This week sees the release of Jordan Peele's Us, a critically-acclaimed horror film that's estimated to earn as much as $40 million in its first three days. That said, seeing that the target audiences for Captain Marvel and Us are fairly different, there should be enough money to go around for both movies to thrive. Business for Captain Marvel probably won't truly begin to decline until Shazam! opens in April.
Source: Box Office Mojo
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