Box Office Estimates: ‘Captain Marvel’ Soars to Historic Opening

Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL..Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2019

# Movie Studio Weekend Gross Lifetime Gross
1 Captain Marvel Buena Vista $153,000,000 $153,000,000
2 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Universal $14,696,000 $119,662,125
3 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral Lionsgate $12,050,000 $45,879,810
4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Warner Bros. $3,825,000 $97,109,961
5 Alita: Battle Angel Fox $3,200,000 $78,346,064
6 Green Book Universal $2,488,000 $80,140,871
7 Isn’t It Romantic Warner Bros. $2,410,000 $44,154,720
8 Fighting With My Family MGM $2,188,868 $18,656,958
9 Greta Focus $2,161,000 $8,252,735
10 Apollo 11 Neon $1,301,000 $3,780,952


Thus far, the 2019 box office has been much weaker than usual. With a lack of major releases and disappointing openings, the box office desperately needed a jolt. In swoops “Captain Marvel” to save the day. Opening in over 4,300 theaters, the film has delivered this year’s first major box office success.

Not only is “Captain Marvel” the year’s first film to cross the $100M threshold in its opening weekend, it is the first since “Incredibles 2” (June 2018) to break the $150M mark. Opening with $153M, this represents the seventh largest Marvel Cinematic Universe opening. It is also in line with previous major releases like Rogue One ($155M) and The Hunger Games ($152.5M).

The film earned an ‘A’ CinemaScore and has a pretty clear path in future weeks. Look for it to easily break the $400M mark and set the stage for “Avengers: Endgame” to continue Disney’s box office dominance when it is released next month.

The weekend’s runner-up is “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which finished with $14.7M. That pushes its domestic haul to just under $120M.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” finishes the weekend with a domestic haul of around $45M after adding $12M dollars to its total in the three-day frame.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” and “Alita: Battle Angel” each looks likely to finish the weekend with $3-4M. That would bring their totals to $67M and $78M, respectively.

This weekend outperformed the same weekend last year by roughly 48%. However, the overall box office year is still lagging. Next weekend, Paramount will open the animated adventure “Wonder Park” in 3,500 locations. Lionsgate will open “Five Feet Apart” in 2,600 theaters. And Focus will open “Captive State” in roughly 2,200 theaters.

Did you see anything this weekend? Sound off in the comments to let us know!

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