‘Captain Marvel’ Flies to Third Best Opening in March
Disney’s “Captain Marvel” hit the box office this weekend, earning $153M domestically. The latest installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened across 4,310 locations this weekend and became one of March’s top-three openers of all time.
“Captain Marvel” failed to reach March’s top opening record, which belongs to the 2017 hit “Beauty and the Beast.” The live-action adaptation earned Disney over $174.7M across 4,210 locations on opening weekend. Second-place still belongs to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which made over $166M in 2016. “Captain Marvel” now sits in third-place overall, bumping the 2012 hit “The Hunger Games” to fourth-place with its $152M opening.
On the Marvel charts, “Captain Marvel” sits in second-place overall on the solo character premiere chart, just behind “Black Panther” but above “Iron Man.”
The next big release on the Marvel schedule is “Avengers: Endgame,” which is set to hit theaters on April 26th. Marvel already holds the top opening record in April, after “Avengers: Infinity War” made over $257.6M on its opening weekend. Second-place in April belongs to “Furious 7,” which made over $147M on opening weekend, and third-place belongs to the 2016 film “The Jungle Book,” which made $103.2M. It will be interesting to see if the new Avengers installment can beat last year’s record-smashing debut; “Avengers: Endgame” went on to make over $2B at the box office.
July will host another superhero battle, with “Spider-Man: Far From Home” set to release in theaters on July 5th. That film is the latest chapter in the Sony/Marvel partnership that allows Tom Holland to jump between studios. If “Spider-Man: Far From Home” wants to rule the July opening charts it will have to top “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2” and the film’s $169M opening. DC holds second and third place in July, after “The Dark Knight Rises” made $160M and “The Dark Knight” made $158M.
July is one of the five months of the year that Disney doesn’t have a film in the top-three on the opening weekend charts. The other months are January, September, October, and November. If you expand the list to the top ten openings, Disney has at least one traditional film on each of the charts, except for January, September, and October.