'Captain Marvel' Tops $760 Million Worldwide as Newcomers Overperform
by Brad Brevet
March 17, 2019
For a second weekend in a row Disney and Marvel's Captain Marvel topped the weekend box office as it has now posted over $760 million worldwide in just twelve days in global release. Overall, the weekend ended up topping the same weekend last year for a second straight week as both Wonder Park and Five Feet Apart outperformed expectations with their opening weekend performance. At the same time Lionsgate's release of Pantelion's No Manches Frida 2 delivered a top ten finish from just 472 theaters, topping Focus's disappointing release of Captive State, which struggled in its debut in over 2,500 locations.
Disney's Captain Marvel topped the weekend box office for a second weekend in a row, delivering an estimated $69.3 million sophomore frame, dipping -54.8% and outperforming the -56% average second weekend dip for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This pushes the film's domestic cume over $266 million after just ten days in domestic release.
Internationally, Captain Marvel opened in its final international market this weekend, finishing #1 with an estimated $5.6 million in Japan. China remains the top grossing international market with an estimated $132 million followed by South Korea ($36.5m), the UK ($30.9m), Brazil ($24.3m) and Mexico ($22.4m). Overall, the film brought in $119.7 million from 54 markets this weekend for an overseas cume that now totals $494 million for a global cume that is now over $760 million. That number already surpasses ten previous releases in the MCU globally and will soon top Guardians of the Galaxy ($773.3m globally) to become the tenth highest grossing worldwide release in the MCU.
In the runner-up position, Paramount's Wonder Park managed to outperform the top end of expectations, delivering an estimated $16 million debut from 3,838 locations. Opening day audiences gave the film a "B+" CinemaScore while the opening crowd was 59% female and 62% families.
Internationally, Wonder Park opened in 19 markets with an estimated $4.3 million. Leading the way was Brazil with a $1.7 million debut followed by Indonesia ($276K), Turkey ($266K) and the United Arab Emirates ($235K). The film opens in Russia next week followed by an April 3 debut in France with openings in Australia, Germany, Mexico, Spain and the UK set for the following week.
In third place, Lionsgate's release of CBS Films's Five Feet Apart also managed to outperform expectations and topped opening weekend comps including Love, Simon and Everything, Everything, delivering an estimated $13.1 million opening weekend from 3,727 theaters and with it a solid "A" CinemaScore suggesting good things for the weeks to come. The film's opening weekend audience was 82% female with 65% of the opening weekend crowd coming in under the age of 25. 45% of that audience was under the age of 18 and gave the film an "A+" CinemaScore.
Universal's release of DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World landed in fourth, dipping -36% as it entered its fourth week in release with an estimated $9.3 million three-day, pushing its domestic box office over $135 million. The film also added another $9.4 million internationally this weekend, pushing its overseas total to $330.9 million for a global tally that stands at $466.5 million.
Rounding out the top five is Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral, which dipped -36% as it enters its third week in release, delivering an estimated $8 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $59 million.
Lionsgate's third film in the top ten lands just outside the top five with the release of Pantelion's No Manches Frida 2 debuting in 472 theaters and delivering an impressive $3.89 million. The performance is a notch ahead of the original film's $3.6 million three-day debut over Labor Day weekend back in 2016 and audiences appear to have liked what they saw, giving the sequel an "A" CinemaScore.
Next we come to Focus's release of Captive State, which was unable to capture audience attention, delivering just $3.1 million from 2,548 locations for only a $1,242 per theater average. Audiences that saw the film weren't exactly taken with it either, giving it a "C-" CinemaScore. The film played to an opening weekend crowd that was 55% male with 66% of the crowd coming in under the age of 35.
In limited release, Focus's The Mustang brought in an estimated $76,000 from four theaters ($18,950 PTA); ArtAffects's Faith, Hope & Love opened with $60,855 from 18 theaters ($3,381 PTA); Fox Searchlight's release of The Aftermath brought in an estimated $57,500 from five theaters ($11,500 PTA); Cohen Media Group debuted Ash is the Purest White in seven theaters with an estimated $45,150 for a $6,450 per theater average; The Orchard's The Hummingbird Project opened in four theaters with an estimated $36,027 ($9,007 PTA); and Oscilloscope's Combat Obscura brought in an estimated $15,500 from 10 locations ($1,550 PTA).
Next weekend will see the release of Jordan Peele's Us opening in over 3,600 theaters. The thriller serves as the director's follow-up to the monster 2017 hit Get Out and it has already generated a slew of great reviews out of the SXSW Film Festival.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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