With just one week to go before “Avengers: Endgame” launches in theaters nationwide, excited Marvel fans hit the local theater to see “Captain Marvel” one last time on the big screen. The anticipation of Marvel’s next installment certainly helped “Captain Marvel” at the box office this weekend, pushing the film past the $400M mark domestically and giving the film an unexpected boost over the holiday weekend.
“Captain Marvel” now sits at $400M domestically and $1.089B worldwide. The film landed in fourth-place on the weekend box office charts this week, jumping two spots from the week before. The new milestone moves “Captain Marvel” to seventh-place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe in domestic gross, and now the film currently sits under “Captain America: Civil War” which made $408M domestically. “Captain Marvel” was the third solo installment in the MCU to reach $1B; the other two were “Iron Man 3” and “Black Panther.” When looking back at all of the MCU releases since “Iron Man” in 2008, “Captain Marvel” is the seventh film in the franchise to reach $1B worldwide.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed “Captain Marvel” for the studio; the film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Mckenna Grace, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, and Annette Bening.
“Avengers: Endgame” will have to beat the records set by “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018. That installment made $257M domestically on its opening weekend and went on to make over $2.04B worldwide. Joe and Anthony Russo directed “Avengers: Infinity War,” and the duo returned to direct “Avengers: Endgame.” The next installment will debut in an estimated 4,440 locations next weekend, and “Avengers: Infinity War” opened in roughly the same amount.
The small difference this year is the lack of competition from other studios. When “Avengers: Infinity War” opened in 2018, theaters were still showing films like “A Quiet Place,” “Rampage,” and “Black Panther.” This time around there are fewer films on the schedule, allowing theaters to reserve more screen real estate for Marvel’s next big installment.
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