‘Captain Marvel’ Thursday Box Office Surpasses ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, ‘Guardians 2’

     March 8, 2019

Captain Marvel is off to a stellar start at the box office. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female-led superhero movie pulled in $20.7 million in Thursday night previews domestically, landing as the 5th biggest preview gross for an MCU movie thus far. That puts it ahead of the Thursday grosses for films like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($15.4 million), Thor: Ragnarok ($14.5 million), and behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Captain America: Civil War.

The film began rolling out in international territories on Wednesday, where it’s already amassed $44 million. It debuts in China today, and early estimates indicate an opening day of around $34 million in that lucrative market, which would be the second-highest MCU opening day in China behind just Avengers: Infinity War.

Despite the efforts of a small group of angry and misogynistic trolls, Captain Marvel looks to be a serious box office force to be reckoned with, as estimates have it opening as high as $140 million or $150 million. It’ll be interesting to see how high this thing soars given the performance of Best Picture nominee Black Panther last February, although it’s worth noting that critical reception to that film was a bit more enthusiastic than the early reviews for Captain Marvel. Whether that impacts box office remains to be seen, as audience members are the final arbiter in that regard.`

Check back this weekend for the latest box office results. For a refresher on how all the MCU films have fared at the box office thus far, click here.

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