Captain Marvel star Brie Larson. Image source: Shutterstock
Captain Marvel—the latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios staring Brie Larson as the cinematic universe’s most powerful superhero—has soared into the record books, reportedly bringing in estimated sales of $153 million in North America and $302 million internationally on its opening weekend. These estimates make it the sixth highest global debut ever.
Released on March 8—International Women’s Day—the female-fronted film packed a powerful message among worldwide initiatives to celebrate and empower women. Larson plays the character of Vers (not to give away any spoilers), an inter-galactic pilot struggling to remember her true identity while fighting for her life and the survival of the human race.
With total opening weekend sales of $455 million, Captain Marvel can now boast of having one of the largest-ever global box office debut for a female-led film, beating Beauty and the Beast’s $357 million and Wonder Woman’s $103 million in 2017.
The world’s highest-grossing movie opening is still Avengers: Infinity War, which was released last year and brought in sales of $640.5 million in its first weekend. However, that movie had a budget of $400 million, whereas Captain Marvel cost a comparatively cheap $152 million to make—making Larson’s debut more profitable by a cool $62.5 million.
It remains to be seen if it will become Marvel Studio’s seventh billion-dollar blockbuster from the franchise. An accolade that six of its films currently hold:
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Worldwide Box Office: $2 billion
The Avengers (2012)
Worldwide Box Office: $1.519 billion
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Worldwide Box Office: $1.405 billion
Black Panther (2018)
Worldwide Box Office: $1.325 billion
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Worldwide Box Office: $1.215 billion
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Worldwide Box Office: $1.153 billion