Captain Marvel soars to second weekend atop the box office
Captain Marvel is proving to be just as super as her name.
The standalone entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to pulverize the competition at the box office, topping it for the second week running with an estimated haul of $69.3 million in ticket sales at 4,310 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday. With a decline of 55 percent, it becomes the 18th highest second weekend for a film of all time, bumping Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from that spot.
While franchises have dominated the box office of late, two new original titles land at second and third place. Paramount’s animated Wonder Park takes in an estimated $16 million across 3,838 theaters for the second place spot, while weepy teen drama Five Feet Apart rounds out the top three with an estimated $13.2 million across 2,803 theaters.
As the first female-driven superhero film for Disney and Marvel, Captain Marvel continues to be a feather in their cap. The film introduces audiences to the titular character in the form of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a part human, part Kree warrior who retains flashes of her life on earth as she fights a member of the Kree strike team known as Starforce. When Danvers crash lands on earth during the 1990s, she attempts to uncover the truth about her past and the origin of her cosmic powers, all the while facing down trouble from the shape-shifting Skrulls infiltrating the planet. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, and Goose the cat (aka Reggie). Larson will reprise the role in this summer’s Avengers: Endgame.
With an impressive cumulative total of $266.2 domestically, Captain Marvel also expanded its reach internationally, opening to number one in Japan with $5.6 million as the highest stand-along MCU character opening weekend ever there. It raked in another $119.7 million at the international box office, helping to bump its worldwide total to an impressive $760.2 million. Like many superhero films and popular franchise properties, it seems poised to cross the $1 billion mark in the coming weeks.
Animation continues to be a winner at the box office, with Paramount’s family-friendly flick Wonder Park taking second place with $16 million. The film follows the story of a fantastical amusement park where the imagination of the wildly creative young girl, June, comes to life. The voice cast is bursting with top-flight talent including Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, Jeffrey Tambor, Kenan Thompson, Norbert Leo Butz, Ken Jeong, John Oliver and is directed by David Feiss.
Though it lands a second-place victory and outperformed expectations by nearly $6 million, the film still falls far below its estimated budget of $100 million. Originally titled Amusement Park, it was in development since 2014 and suffered a setback in January 2018 when director Dylan Brown was fired for “inappropriate and unwanted conduct.” Now, Wonder Park lists no credited director. It snagged a B+ CinemaScore from audiences so perhaps it can continue to recoup some of its pricey budget through word-of-mouth in the weeks to come.
Lionsgate has roared to a prominent position at the box office this weekend, nabbing three spots in the top ten. Most notably, its young adult romantic drama Five Feet Apart takes third place in its first weekend with $13.2 million across 2,803 theaters. With only a modest reported budget of $7 million, the drama has already nearly doubled its costs.
Cole Sprouse (Riverdale) and Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen) star as a pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis who meet in a hospital and fall in love. Because of their illness, they must remain the titular five feet apart at all times. Claire Forlani and Parminder Nagra also star, while Justin Baldoni, best known for his acting work in The CW series Jane the Virgin, directs.
Both Sprouse and Richardson are upcoming young stars, and the film is a win for both of them. It marks a solid adult feature film debut for Sprouse, whose shed his child star roots with his broody, vulnerable portrayal of Jughead on The CW hit Riverdale. It also marks another victory for Richardson who’s been steadily proving herself both in and outside of teen drama for the last few years. It earned a sterling A CinemaScore and once again proved the buying power of young women, with a 82 percent female audience and 65 percent of ticket buyers under the age of 25.
Holdover franchise titles round out the top five with How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World taking the fourth spot in its fourth week with an estimated total of $9.3 million across 3,727 theaters. It’s now taken in $466.5 million globally, approaching the trilogy’s original film’s overall worldwide gross of $494.8 million. The fifth spot goes to Tyler Perry and his final Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, with an estimated $8.1 million across 2,350 theaters. This marks Lionsgate’s second film in the top ten this weekend.
The weekend’s other two new releases take sixth and seventh place. Lionsgate’s third top ten film is No Manchas Frida 2 in sixth place, a new release that secured a debut of $3.9 million. The Mexican film is a sequel to the 2016 film No Manchas Frida and features returning cast members Omar Chaparro and Martha Higareda. Other new release this weekend, Focus Features’ sci-fi suspense thriller Captive State falls flat with a debut of $3.2 million. It stars John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Alan Ruck, James Ransone, D.B. Sweeney and is directed by Rupert Wyatt. Its prospects don’t seem bright with a dismal C-CinemaScore.
Overall box office is down 18.9 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore, a number that’s steadily improving with the addition of Captain Marvel to the year’s box office. Check out the March 15-17 numbers below.
1. Captain Marvel— $69.3 million
2. Wonder Park— $16 million
3. Five Feet Apart— $13.2 million
4. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World— $9.3 million
5. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral— $8.1 million
6. No Manches Frida 2— $3.9 million
7. Captive State— $3.2 million
8. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part— $2.1 million
9. Alita: Battle Angel— $1.9 million
10. Green Book— $1.3 million