After scoring a bumper $455 million global opening this past weekend (the second-biggest ever for a superhero movie), Marvel Studios’ female-fronted superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel has pushed its worldwide haul to $550 million by close on play on Wednesday – and in the process, the MCU has now surpassed $18 billion in total box office receipts.
You have to go back to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger for the last time that a Marvel movie failed to hit the half billion dollar mark – something that has only happened on three occasions out of 21 movies (the others being The Incredible Hulk and Thor).
In total, the MCU has now grossed an enormous $18.072 billion – almost twice that of its nearest rival franchise Star Wars on $9.307 billion – and with Captain Marvel going strong, Avengers: Endgame opening next month, and Spider-Man: Far From Home in July, $21 billion is certainly in reach this year…
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
Captain Marvel is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) and sees Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island) leading the cast as Carol Danvers alongside Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lashana Lynch (Fast Girls), Gemma Chan (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Algenis Perez Soto (Sambá), Rune Temte (Eddie The Eagle), McKenna Grace (I, Tonya), Annette Bening (American Beauty), Ana Ayora (The Big Wedding), Vik Sahay (Chuck), Kenneth Mitchell (Star Trek: Discovery), Chuku Modo (The Good Doctor), Clark Gregg (The Avengers) and Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).