The Long-Held Myth That Female Superhero Movies Can't Be a Success Ends Now Thanks to the Captain Marvel Opening Weekend Box Office
Captain Marvel did not only win the box office opening weekend, but it also won a spot in the top 10 biggest opening weekends of all time.
For those who want to see more female superhero films, you’re likely in for just that in coming years thanks to the Captain Marvel opening weekend box office. It is no surprise that Captain Marvel won the weekend box office — anyone could see that coming. But, the Captain Marvel box office was bigger than expected, and that’s fantastic for fans of female superhero movies. As we all know, past superhero movies that featured a female in the lead did not always fare so well, until Wonder Woman, and the success of Captain Marvel marks a distinct change.
Captain Marvel Box Office Exceeds Expectations
The total domestic box office haul for Captain Marvel opening weekend was $153 million, with 4,310 theaters. The international Captain Marvel box office was $302 million, making it the sixth highest global opening of all time. In total, Captain Marvel took in $455 million at the global box office. Take that internet trolls who tried to hamper the first Marvel female superhero film’s success. Obviously, domestic and foreign movie lovers ignored you, as they should.
As impressive as the Captain Marvel box office is, and remember it was just an ordinary weekend without a holiday, it also outperformed Disney/Marvel projections. The final estimate for Captain Marvel’s opening weekend box office domestically was $125 million — it made more than $25 million above that.
And the fear that Captain Marvel would not make more than Captain America: The First Avenger, the least successful of all Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, is gone. It has surpassed its box office haul and is on track to outperform more than one Marvel Cinematic Universe movie at the box office. That’s not too shabby for the 21st MCU film and first Marvel female superhero movie.
Can a Female Superhero Movie Be Successful?
Clearly, thanks to Captain Marvel, we have the answer to that question. And that means more female superhero movies from Marvel could be on the horizon after Captain Marvel makes her appearance in Avengers: Endgame. What Marvel female superhero will get to lead the next Marvel movie? Stay tuned for that news because you know it is coming.
For now, the opening weekend Captain Marvel box office will stand as a testament that female-led superhero movies can do just as well, if not better, than their male counterparts. Wonder Woman 1984 is only going to make that statement even more true.
If you have not seen Captain Marvel, get on that. You can’t see Avengers: Endgame without catching Captain Marvel first, anyway, so best to get your ticket now.