Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Heads for Heroic Second Weekend

Variety | 3/13/2019 | Rebecca Rubin
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Disney’s “Captain Marvel” is looking to go higher, further, faster during its second weekend in theaters.

The superhero tentpole starring Brie Larson, which crossed $500 million in ticket sales worldwide in under a week, will easily dominate domestic box office charts again. Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, “Captain Marvel” could generate another $70 million to $85 million in its sophomore outing if the blockbuster sees a decline similar to its superhero universe brethren like “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” As of Tuesday, it has now grossed $524 million globally, including a mighty $100 million in China.

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“Captain Marvel,” the studio’s first comic-book adventure to spotlight a female superhero, injected a much-needed boost into an otherwise sluggish domestic market. Over the weekend, it posted a massive $153 million debut in North America, by far the biggest opening weekend of the year. “Captain Marvel” also secured the sixth-biggest global launch ever ($455 million) when it opened in all markets sans Japan. Combined, the 21 titles that make up Marvel’s Cinematic Universe have surpassed $18 billion in ticket sales worldwide.

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While most studios avoided releasing any movies in “Captain Marvel’s” wake, there are a few contenders brave enough to take on Larson’s Carol Danvers this weekend. New offerings — Paramount Pictures’ “Wonder Park,” CBS Films and Lionsgate’s “Five Feet Apart,” and Focus Features and Participant Media’s “Captive State” — are catering the rare moviegoer who is looking for something other than superhero fare (or perhaps those who already caught a screening of “Captain Marvel” last weekend).

“Wonder Park,” an animated tale set in an amusement part based on the imagination of a young girl, is expected to have the best start among newcomers. It anticipates an opening...
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