Captain Marvel soared to the box office lead, raking in more than expected after middling reviews.
That means the Brie Larson-fronted movie, which has been dazzling critics left and right, has earned the distinction of being the sixth-biggest opening of all time, pushing out another Disney film, Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, which previously occupied the sixth spot with $450.8 million for its opening weekend sales.
Because Captain Marvel was the first female-led, standalone superhero movie in the MCU, expectations were incredibly high. Disney, the box-office leader in recent years, has several additional blockbuster films lined up in the coming weeks, including a "Dumbo" live-action remake and "Avengers: Endgame" in late April. Overseas, "Captain Marvel" pulled in a massive $302 million, including $89 million in China, representing the fifth-highest global opening weekend ever.
The critical and financial success of Captain Marvel should, no doubt, put those lingering talks to rest. Add on the $302 million it took in overseas - the fifth-best overseas debut of all time - and the movie pulled in a mind-blowingly $456 million in its opening weekend. It is the second MCU prequel and potentially one of Marvel's most important films to date, spotlighting Brie Larson's Carol Danvers as she rediscovers her past, and the roots of a centuries-old conflict between two alien civilisations.
Not even online trolls who tried to tamper with hype surrounding "Captain Marvel' could stop the heroic warrior's ticket sales from climbing higher, further, and faster than anticipated".
"Mostly, I'm thrilled for the doors this will open", DeConnick, who was a consultant on "Captain Marvel", told The Washington Post.
"I don't know if it's ever going to make sense to me", she admitted, later stating, "I feel so lucky that I found, at this stage of my life, like, my person".
"Captain Marvel", along with DC Comics' "Wonder Woman" in 2017, has been heralded as a landmark for female representation in superhero movies.