The Marvel Cinematic Universe has another hit massive hit on its hands. Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson, was simply able to take the number one spot at the box office this weekend with an amazing $153 million domestic take. However, it’s the global numbers that make the Carol Danvers standalone movie the highest grossing debut for a female-led movie of all time, both worldwide and domestically, thanks to earning $455 globally. The movie easily beats the previous record, which was Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast with $357 million. Additionally, the Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure now has the record for the second-largest global debut of a comic book adaptation behind Avengers: Infinity War at $640.5 million. Domestically, Captain Marvel easily beat Wonder Woman‘s $103 million for the highest domestic opening of a female-led movie
This is the second largest global opening of any superhero movie, second only to Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. Let’s see how those numbers break down.
Disney says that Captain Marvel has earned an estimated $153 million in the United States and $455 million globally in its first weekend in theaters. The film has opened in most countries except Japan. The earnings are what Disney expected, which was between $145-$155 million in the U.S.
Captain Marvel is also the first Marvel superhero movie that’s headlined exclusively by a female superhero. Not only is it the second largest opening for a superhero movie, but it also has the sixth-best worldwide opening of all time. That’s in addition to the highest opening for the month of March.
These worldwide numbers are impressive since the movie has opened to mixed reviews from critics. Some have praised it while others feel that it’s pretty terrible. The real question is whether it has staying power at the box office. We will find out soon enough.