Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie has just had the sixth biggest opening weekend in cinematic history, grabbing approximately $455 million at the global box office. Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as intergalactic heroine Carol Danvers, has got the perks of the most successful opening weekend for any female-oriented work ever, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While few of them stated that they would not be going for Captain Marvel, the numbers really do speak for themselves. "Marvel Studios once again proves that stories combining diverse perspectives and different experiences make great movies that play to everybody. People crave representation," says Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff. "Higher, further, faster, baby."
This is also the second biggest opening for a comic book movie after last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which made $640.5 million. Infinity War was the pinnacle of a decade of world-construction, bringing together a vast line of super-powered soldiers, sorcerers, and spies in an epic battle to save the universe from an alien invasion.
Captain Marvel, meanwhile, took a diversion from the current MCU process to give us a solo adventure that was halfway prequel and halfway origin tale, outlining with the nineties fashion and yes, music, and an all-new take on the character of Nick Fury by Samuel L. Jackson. He’s something else in the movie, of course with the very valor and that flair of humor.
That Captain Marvel has been such a blockbuster, surpassing even Gal Gadot’s star-making turn in 2017’s Wonder Woman, can now be put in the forefront to eradicate the doubts that tent-pole movies starring women don’t make money. And with Brie Larson’s Danvers joining the rest of the Avengers in the Endgame, it’s alright to consider that the last part of the MCU will continue this trail of breaking box office records.
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