Brie Larson Surprises Fans at 'Captain Marvel' Screening

Monica Rambeau

Captain Marvel experienced a box office bonanza at the weekend, netting $153m (£117m) in North America and a massive $455m (£348m) worldwide.

Captain Marvel's introduction to the MCU was first teased in the post-credits of Avengers: Infinity War, when Nick Fury spent his final moments of life shooting her a message with a heretofore unseen pager. Global grosses were especially strong, led by $89.3 million in China, where "Captain Marvel" trailed only "Captain America: Civil War" and "Avengers: Infinity War" among Marvel releases.

By grossing $153 million in its domestic debut, "Captain Marvel" topped another female-led action franchise, 2012's "The Hunger Games" ($152.5 million), and slid in behind another: 2016's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" ($155 million).

Actress Brie Larson, star of "Captain Marvel", appeared at a movie theatre Saturday night in Clifton, New Jersey, about 10 miles (16 kilometres) west of NY. It opened up at No. 1 in the box office and brought in about $150 million for its opening weekend.

Captain Marvel's box office performance went higher, further, faster than even its sky-high industry tracking estimates. Worldwide numbers bring the film's total opening weekend sales to a whopping $455 million.

Captain Marvel

It wasn't just young women who turned out to see the on-screen adventures of Carol Danvers, the Air Force pilot who becomes an intergalactic hero.

"With Marvel, nothing surprises me", Cathleen Taff, Disney's president of distribution, said of "Captain Marvel's" opening weekend. In 2017, "Wonder Woman" paved the way in hinting to Hollywood that (shocker!) audiences will still turn out for a movie centered on a female protagonist.

The opening weekend takings are also the biggest for a female-led film.

Captain Marvel is now playing in theaters!

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