Thursday, May 30, 2024

“Captain Marvel,” Scores $20 Mil in Previews, First Female Led Marvel Movie Heads to Massive Opening Weekend

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DC Comics had a blockbuster in “Wonder Woman.”

Now Marvel Comics movies has one coming in “Captain Marvel.”

The Brie Larson-starring movie scored $20 million in previews last night. The projections now are in the $150 million range for Friday through Sunday including last night.

That’s a big chunk of change considering a B plus like ranking of 85 on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie had a lot of naysayers trying to kill it (not sure why). But early indications are that didn’t matter.

If “Captain Marvel” turns out to be a $500 million movie. it will have an asterisk sort of connection to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which made over $700 million. The stars of both movies, Brie Larson and Rami Malek, started out in a film few have ever seen called “Short Term 12.” They’ve each won Oscars in lead roles since then.

Daniel Destin Cretton directed “Short Term 12,” which made just $1 million in 2013.  Cinedigm, a digital company, distributed it. Another star was Lakeith Stanfield, who was such a hit this year in “Sorry to Bother You.” I think the casting directors for “Short Term 12”– Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, and Rich Delia– deserve a prize of some kind.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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