The year 2019 has proven to be a slow one in its first two months which had some concerned as to what the future might hold for Hollywood especially as several big budget productions prepare to be rolled out. The only major release of this past weekend could serve as a good gauge for what’s to come as Marvel Studios released their first female-led MCU film “Captain Marvel” which entered the weekend with controversy threatening to stain its box office return. Did “Captain Marvel” win the weekend and, if so, was it the shot in the arm the box office needed to kick 2019 into a new gear? Let’s take a look in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
It should be no surprise to anyone that “Captain Marvel” did in fact rule the weekend, and in a big way. The Marvel film entered the weekend with controversy staining its reputation from the get-go after comments made by star Brie Larson about diversity in the media and viral and false quotes stating she didn’t want “white men” to see the movie caused internet trolls to turn in scathing reviews of the film on Rotten Tomatoes before the movie was even released. The film ended up receiving good, although not astounding, reviews from critics and audiences flocked to see the film in spite of the trolling resulting in $153 million over three days. It’s the seventh largest opening weekend ever for the MCU and by far the largest opening weekend of 2019 to date. Internationally “Captain Marvel” opened to $302 million, the fifth largest international opening weekend of all-time and sixth largest worldwide debut ever. With both DC’s “Shazam!” and Marvel’s second 2019 offering “Avengers: Endgame” slated to debut in April “Captain Marvel” is hoping to grab whatever attention it can in the month of March and will have little competition as it looks to reach an estimated $450 million or more in domestic gross over its lifetime. You can read my review of “Captain Marvel” here.
Coming in second was last week’s repeat champion “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”. The finale to the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy continued to impress with $14.7 million in its third weekend domestically and another $21.7 million internationally bringing its global number to $435 million with only “Wonder Park” set to compete against it for attention in the coming weeks. “A Madea Family Funeral” dropped to third with $12 million domestically while “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” and “Alita: Battle Angel” rounded out the top five. Filling out the rest of the top ten, in order, were “Green Book”, “Isn’t It Romantic”, “Fighting with My Family”, “Greta”, and the documentary “Apollo 11” which entered the top ten after expanding its release from last week where it finished fifteenth.
While there will be competition for “Captain Marvel” expectations are that Marvel will top the chart for a second weekend. It all depends on how much it drops off after its opening. The science fiction crime thriller “Captive State”, Paramount’s “Wonder Park”, and the teen drama “Five Feet Apart” will all contend as new releases this weekend. We will see if any of them can overpower Marvel’s mightiest hero to date this time next week.