After hitting the bull’s eye with a massive opening salvo of $456.3 million from worldwide theatrical sales in its opening weekend, Captain Marvel has shattered a bevy of enviable box-office records at the end of its second weekend on 17 March and topped both domestic and international markets by a quite comfortable margin.
Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore’s Senior Media Analyst, said, “Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel conquers the world once again with a $189 million second weekend that puts its global total at a whopping $760.2 million. Notably, Taiwanese romance drama More Than Blue earned an impressive $41.3 million this weekend for a cume to date of $57.75 million.”
Now, the ten-day cumulative domestic total of the Brie Larson starrer stands at an excellent $266 million, while the offshore receipts must have sprinted past the $500 million mark until Tuesday. At the end of the second frame on 17 March, the overseas total of the film was an estimated $494 million from 54 foreign territories and was inching towards the $500 million milestone.
The Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck helmed superhero film has already dethroned the lifetime domestic totals of other popular MCU releases such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor: The Dark World, Thor, Ant-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk in just ten days of release. Next vital benchmarks for the first female-led superhero adventure should be surpassing the lifetime stateside takings of money-spinning MCU releases such as Iron Man ($318 million), Iron Man 2 ($312 million), Thor: Ragnarok ($315 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy ($333 million).
In global theatrical sales, Captain Marvel has now crept past the worldwide revenue of Guardians of the Galaxy ($773.3 million, unadjusted for inflation) to emerge as the tenth highest-grossing MCU release of all-time and is also the sixth top-earning solo superhero film of all-time. While the 21st MCU release is expected to eventually supplant the global totals of Thor: Ragnarok ($854 million), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 ($863.8 million) and Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880.2 million), and touch the $1 billion mark worldwide, it would be interesting to see whether it can conquer Captain America: Civil War’s spiffy $1.15 billion total as the sixth top-grossing MCU film of all time.
Captain Marvel continued its stronghold in overseas regions, garnering close to $120 million total from its sophomore frame. China is still the film’s top-grossing international market with a cumulative total of $132 million out of its $500 million running overseas gross. The superhero tentpole is already the fourth highest-grossing MCU release of all-time in the Middle Kingdom and is only behind Avengers: Infinity War ($359 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($240 million), and Captain America: Civil War ($180 million).
Surprisingly, More Than Blue, with its marvelous $47.3 million opening weekend, has pushed Captain Marvel to the second place in the PRC box-office chart. The film is likely to settle for a lifetime total of around $150 million in the Chinese mainland as we had predicted earlier.
In India, Captain Marvel took in $2.4 million in its second weekend to take the film’s cumulative ten-day total to $12 million, thereby substantiating Marvel’s immense fan following in the country. According to the recently-released FIC CI Frames:E&Y’s report, “The NBOC of Hollywood films (inclusive of all the Indian language dubbed versions) in India was Rs 9.21 billion. The year 2018 was exceptional due to one big title, Avengers: Infinity War. Almost one-fourth of the NBOC of Hollywood, Rs 2.22 billion came from the Marvel superhero film that is currently the highest grossing Hollywood film of all time in India.”