Captain Marvel provides big lift for IMAX

Asociated Press     Brie Larson in a scene from ‘Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel has pummelled the worldwide box office, scoring the sixth-biggest movie debut of all time.

Black Panther broke records around the world a year ago, becoming only the third film in history to gross over $700 million in the United States and Canada - taking a worldwide box office total of $1.346 billion.

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson's "Captain Marvel" had a smooth take-off in India with the superhero film raking in Rs 48.47 crore at the box office in its opening weekend. This is the second largest global opening of any superhero movie, second only to Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War.

While Captain Marvel is full of the usual fight scenes, insane effects, and a healthy dose of a drastically younger-looking Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury; the real heart of the film lied in the friendship between Carol Danvers (Larson) and Rambeau (Lynch), and reminds viewers that women are fully capable of saving their own lives in the real world. The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet also contributing to the screenplay.

The film debuted domestically with $153 million from 4,310 theaters, a per-theater average of $35,499. Forecasts ranged from a low of $125 million from Disney to $175 million, the mean projection from Box Office Pro. Hot Toys presents many designs of mini-sized Cosbaby Captain Marvel action figures, a 1/6TH Scale Collection Figure collection that has authentic and detailed likeness of Captain Marvel in the movie, and accessories including Goose the Cat.

"Captain Marvel" has a little something for everyone, from lovers of comedy to lovers of action to lovers of cats (yes, a cat plays a major role in the film).

Associated Press     Jude Law and Brie Larson in a scene from 'Captain Marvel'
Associated Press Jude Law and Brie Larson in a scene from 'Captain Marvel'

Internationally, the film has grossed an estimated $302 million, making it the fifth highest global opening weekend of all time and the second highest superhero opening weekend of all time, behind only "Avengers: Infinity War".

The Marvel movie's box office takings have been of particular interest to analysts, given the concerted efforts by trolls, bots and misogynists to drag down its audience review scores on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, and "dislike" any related videos on YouTube.

"Captain Marvel marks an incredible start to what is shaping up to be a very strong 2019 lineup and sets the stage for the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, which was shot entirely with IMAX cameras", notes IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond. The Gal Gadot-led DC Comics story opened in June 2017 with US$103 million, considerably less than Captain Marvel. The current weekend's second-place box office finisher is How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Terrible, just terrible. How dare she.

This image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Ben Mendelsohn, left, in a scene from Captain Marvel.

"Lego Movie 2" and "Alita: Battle Angel" round out the top five with $3.8 million and $3.2 million, respectively.

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