Captain Marvel dominated the global box office over the weekend generating a massive $455 million worldwide. The Brie Larson led Marvel movie claimed the top spot at the US box office with $153 million for its first three days setting a new opening weekend record for a female-led superhero movie. DC's Wonder Woman previously held that record, but movies with a female lead such as Rogue One, and the first two Hunger Games did have bigger opening weekends than Captain Marvel.
If Hollywood hasn't already learned by now that female-led tentpole movies can deliver spectacular box office results, Captain Marvel's record-breaking launch should ensure that the message is heard loud and clear. Internationally, Captain Marvel photon blasted her way to a massive $302 million debut, and by the time you're reading this, the movie would have soared over the $500 million mark worldwide. Based on this heroic opening weekend, I think it is safe to say that Captain Marvel will be joining the $1 billion club before it leaves cinemas.
We only have a few weeks to wait before Captain Marvel returns to the big screen to join what's left of earth's mightiest heroes in the eagerly awaited Avengers Endgame. The sequel to last year's Infinity War finds the remaining Avengers attempting to undo Thanos' snap, someone with Captain Marvel's powers is likely to come in handy.
Elsewhere in the US top ten, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World held onto second place with $14.7 million for its third weekend. The concluding chapter in Dreamworks' animated trilogy has a current global tally of more than $440 million. Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral suffered a steep drop in its second frame with $12 million for the weekend. In what is believed to be the final hurrah for Perry's Madea creation, Family Funeral has generated more than $46 million in the US so far.