Marvel Studios 'Captain Marvel shatters IMAX records, delivering US$36.1 million - to become the fifth biggest IMAX opening of all-time and the first non-sequel to crack the top five IMAX films of all time. The last big hit was Warner Bros.'s "Aquaman" in late December, which opened with $68 million US and went on to gross $1.14 billion USA worldwide. "So the box office performance has been pretty good", said Zhang Jiaxing, business manager of UME Shuangjing in Beijing.
Captain Marvel hit screens on March 8.
This makes it the fifth highest worldwide opening weekend of all time and the second highest superhero opening weekend of all time - with Avengers: Infinity War taking the top spot at an opening of $640m.
The box office bounty gives "Captain Marvel" the biggest opening of 2019 so far and signals a rebound for theater owners, whose sales are down 26% year-to-date.
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A still from the film "Captain Marvel."./VCG Photo.
Captain Marvel is also the first Marvel superhero movie that's headlined exclusively by a female superhero. The domestic total of $153 million is Marvel's second-highest opening for a movie centered on a new character, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - which features Brie Larson in the titular role - also managed an impressive figure in the U.S. box office, raking in a whopping $455 million overall. In the previous year alone we've seen a trend of successful superhero movies, including Wonder Woman, Black Panther and Spiderverse - each of which has exceeded expectations and helped prove that audiences are hungry for diverse representation on screen.
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.