Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Box Office: “Captain Marvel,” First Comic Book Movie Starring an Oscar Winner (and a Woman) Earns Shattering $153 Mil In Opening Weekend

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“Captain Marvel” has set a few records in its opening weekend.

It’s the first ever comic book movie to star an Oscar winner for acting, Brie Larson, who is also a woman. Larson won the Academy Award in 2017 for “Room,” a vastly different kind of film. No other Oscar winner has moved on to comic book films except Ben Affleck. He might be the exception– he won his “Good Will Hunting” screenwriting Oscar many years before he played Batman.  “Argo,” which he directed, won Best Picture four years before “Batman v. Superman.”

“Captain Marvel” had a knockout box office weekend, too. It made $153 million from Thursday previews through today. That brings its worldwide total to $455 million. “Captain Marvel” also is the 18th highest grossing regular weekend.

In other words: it’s a huge hit. Brie Larson is guaranteed at least two more episodes. She joins a rare group of actors who’ve led their own super hero movie, not an ensemble like “The Avengers” or “Justice League.” She and Gal Gadot should be treated to some incredible lunch a spa weekend.

Other box office news: Oscar winner “Green Book” hit $80 million with a lot of life still in it. “The Upside” added a million bucks and closed in on $105 million. Tyler Perry’s “Madea Family Funeral” crossed $45 million and shows no sign of slowing down.

Roger Friedman
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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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