Theatergoers around the world lined up en masse to see Captain Marvel and propelled the Brie Larson led action extravaganza to a $455 million global debut. Larson stars as the title character, an ex-Air Force pilot who gained superpowers and was adopted by alien commandos after crashing her experimental jet in outer space. Back on earth now, she has to fight off an invasion of the Skrull, a different race of evil, shape-shifting aliens. Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury helps her adapt to earth culture and puts some of his S.H.I.E.L.D agency’s resources at her disposal. Captain Marvel made $153 million in the US. It beat the only previous female superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman’s US opening by $50 million dollars.
Overseas Marvel scored big in all of its markets with China leading the pack at $89 million. That puts it on par with Wonder Woman‘s total Middle Kingdom run in just three days. In Korea, where superhero films have a huge following, it made $24.1 million and had the sixth biggest opening of all time for a Hollywood movie. First showings in the UK were worth $16.8 million, while it took $13.4 million in Brazil, notching the country’s second-biggest opening ever for an American movie. Mexico was worth $12.8 million and Indonesia, which is steadily becoming a major film market in Asia, gave Captain Marvel $10.1 million. Disney will have a pretty clear field in the US and abroad until their own Dumbo remake opens at the end of the month.
With all of this high octane blockbuster action at the world’s cinemas, there was somehow still room for Golden Globe and Oscar winner Green Book to keep its post-awards surge going. The feel good and heartwarming civil rights era drama added $30.7 million worldwide on the weekend, including $2.5 million in the US where it took sixth place. Global sales are now at $242 million.
In domestic holdover news, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral dropped below How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World in its second frame, finishing third with $12.5 million and a $45 million cume. How to Train Your Dragon meanwhile moved into second with $14.96 million at home, and added $21.7 million abroad to reach a global cume of $435.16 million. It’s now closing in on the first Train Your Dragon film’s $495 million lifetime gross, but well behind the second installment’s series benchmark of $621 million.
While no major releases went up against Disney and Marvel’s latest super hit, a couple of indie productions did make waves at the specialty box office. CNN Film’s documentary Apollo 11, about the historic lunar landing in 1969, made $1.3 million in its sophomore frame and reached a domestic cume of $3.7 million. A24’s Gloria Bell opened to $153,000 from showings at five LA and New York theaters, giving it a $30,955 per-screen average, one of the highest of the year. It is a remake of a Chilean movie called Gloria starring Julianne Moore as a 58-year-old free spirited divorced woman who spends nights getting loose at dance clubs around Los Angeles. It also stars John Turturro and Michael Cera.
Next weekend alien thriller Captive State and animated Wonder Park will look to provide counter-programming to Captain Marvel‘s box office domination.