Captain Marvel comes to the rescue of the UK box office

the Guardian | 3/12/2019 | Charles Gant

Posting the biggest weekend debut at UK cinemas since The Avengers: Infinity War nearly 11 months ago, Captain Marvel has arrived to rescue the sector from the box office doldrums. The superhero film has begun with £12.75m from 655 cinemas: the biggest ever three-day opening for a Marvel standalone debut.

Last year, Black Panther began with £10.5m for the three-day weekend period, although three days of previews pushed the opening number to £17.7m. In October 2016, Doctor Strange debuted with £9.29m, including previews of £3.8m. Opening numbers for the first Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Ant-Man films were all lower. Deadpool began in February 2016 with £9.97m for the three-day weekend period and £13.73m including previews.

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The absence of any other giant hits in January or February should have stoked consumer demand for blockbuster entertainment. Conversely, the deflated market deprived Disney of vital marketing opportunities: there were fewer cinemagoers to be shown the Captain Marvel trailer on the big screen.

While DC Comics’ Wonder Woman was a big global hit, grossing $413m in the US and $822m worldwide, the film underperformed in the UK, reaching £22.2m. Any fears that the female-powered Captain Marvel might suffer the same fate have been allayed. In April 2018, Avengers: Infinity War began with £23.1m for the three-day weekend, finally reaching £70.8m. A similar trajectory would take Captain Marvel to around £39m.

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Captain Marvel grossed 68% of the entire UK box office at the weekend, with the other 189 titles on release (tracked by data gatherer Comscore) sharing the remaining 32% of the pie. Globally, the film began with $457m.

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