'Captain Marvel' soars to $153 million launch

Brie Larson stars in Captain Marvel the first female-fronted superhero film from the Marvel cinematic universe

Brie Larson stars in Captain Marvel the first female-fronted superhero film from the Marvel cinematic universe

The 21st instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hauled in a staggering sum at the domestic box office.

Overseas Captain Marvel also managed to astonish with $302 million, giving the film the fifth highest global opening weekend of all-time and the sixth largest worldwide debut ever, for an estimated total of $455 million all-in.

"We have high expectations for a blockbuster like Captain Marvel".

"As the first female-fronted superhero film, it's ideal timing for Captain Marvel to be released on International Women's Day".

Captain Marvel's opening was the best of any movie so far this year with 2019 starting out with a 26 percent drop in ticket sales compared with the same period last year, according to Comscore. So much for the trolls.

Meanwhile, Brie previously revealed she hopes "Captain Marvel" will spark a global conversation about diversity.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part held onto the #4 spot with $3.8 million for a domestic total of $97.1 million, and a worldwide cume of $164.4 million.

The movie also sits behind "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's" $158 million opening as the second-highest debut for a film with a solo female lead.

The official Marvel Twitter account shared photos and videos from the AMC Clifton Commons 16 movie theatre in Clifton, New Jersey, on Saturday night.

Captain Marvel is now in cinemas.

"Captain Marvel" also breaks new ground for Disney in that it's the first female-led superhero movie from Marvel. While this is confusing at first, with one barely getting a chance to get one's head around the "Supreme Intelligence" that commands Kree or the code of honour and complete subservience that it demands of its soldiers, the film settles into a nice groove when - after some eye-blinding inter-galactic collisions - Vers finds herself on "C-53".

"I'm very curious about how the story in "Captain Marvel" connects with "Avengers: Infinity War".

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