By Nick Romano
March 09, 2019 at 01:24 PM EST
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Captain Marvel continues to go higher, further, faster at the U.S. box office.

The 21st installment of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe — and its first film with a solo female headliner — earned an estimated $61.4 million after its domestic opening Friday night, including the $20.7 million from early Thursday previews.

That gives the MCU its seventh largest domestic opening day behind the three Avengers films, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, and Iron Man 3.

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Disney is currently projecting a three-day box office gross in the range of $145-$155 million, which would potentially give Captain Marvel a larger opening weekend than Guardians of the Galaxy, Vo. 1 and Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok.

All this in spite of efforts from a certain ilk of Rotten Tomatoes users to tank the Audience Rating score on the platform. Critic reviews have been largely positive.

Captain Marvel heralds the arrival of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers to the MCU. The part human, part Kree warrior only retains flashes of her life on earth as she fights as a member of the Kree strike team known as Starforce. After crash landing on earth during the ’90s, putting her at odds with the shape-shifting Skrulls infiltrating the planet, she seeks to uncover her past to reveal the truth about who she is and where her cosmic powers come from.

With Anna Boden co-directing the film with her Mississippi Grind comrade Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel also marks the first woman to co-direct a Marvel film.

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