Who said female lead can’t deliver box office blockbusters?
Disney’s Captain Marvel is the newest member of the billion-dollar club. Once again proving that content and brand name matter.
Captain Marvel became the 2019 box office’s first $1 billion hit on Wednesday, along with being the 38th film of all time to hit that 10-digit benchmark. The superhero flick starring Brie Larson officially surpassed the landmark in ticket sales worldwide. The blockbuster has generated $358 million in North America, along with $645 million overseas.
Captain Marvel is the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to reach this milestone, joining the ranks of “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” “The Avengers,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Iron Man 3.” It also marks the 18th Disney movie to gross over $1 billion. The 21 films in the MCU have collected $18.5 billion to date.
Captain Marvel has been lauded as Marvel’s first blockbuster that centers on a female superhero. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the star-studded cast also includes Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Annette Bening.
Though it wasn’t the first. “Wonder Woman,” DC’s first female-led superhero film, paved the way, showing Hollywood that all kinds of audiences can get behind a little female empowerment. That blockbuster starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins generated a massive $841 million globally.
Larson’s Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) will make her Avengers debut in Avengers: Endgame. Avengers Endgame hits the big screen on April 26. Post-credits scenes in both “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” confirmed the Kree warrior as the universe’s last, best hope after Thanos. The one who turned half of life in the galaxy to dust.
Unlike past Marvel Studios hits that have grossed $1 billion, Captain Marvel was the first to do so with a lead character who wasn’t introduced in a previous Marvel film. Even “Black Panther,” the highest-grossing film of the 2018 domestic box office, had its superhero introduced in “Captain America: Civil War.” “Captain Marvel” did have the presence of Samuel L. Jackson’s fan favorite Nick Fury, but Captain Marvel herself was not seen on the big screen prior to this past month.
On the weekend of March 8, Captain Marvel opened to a spectacular $153 million domestic and $456 million global launch. Since then, the domestic total for the film has reached $358 million, passing the North American theatrical runs of 2017 Marvel films “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Thor: Ragnarok.”. Overseas, it has grossed $645 million, with $152.3 million coming from China.
The crossover event film will open the same week in all markets worldwide, including China. As a matter of fact Chaina got Avengers: Infinity War a week after the U.S. That means that Avengers Endgame will have an outside chance of becoming the first film in box office history to gross $1 billion by the end of its first weekend in theaters.
We are expecting Endgame to shatter all the records. All of us will have a role to play in that. Let’s do this guys! 26th April here we come.