‘Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel’ Scores Third Highest March Debut Weekend

It’s Captain Marvel’s world this weekend, and we’re just living in it.

The debut film from the title character easily withstood the trolls trying to knock down a female-focused superhero film, hitting the top of the box office with an estimated $153 million. This is simply an outstanding number, and one that demonstrated that the online world can be loud, but it doesn’t often translate to the real one. Brie Larson has been waving the flag for this character since she got the role, and she has clearly been an inspiration to fans, especially young women.

I took The Princess to see Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel on Thursday evening, and I was thrilled and how family friendly the movie actually was. While her mother and I would have loved to take her to see Wonder Woman when it was out, the violence in that particular movie held us back (no disrespect to the principles in that one, it simply would have been a bit much for our girl). Captain Marvel’s sci-fi vibe was totally palatable for my girl, though, along with her familiarity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We were both totally invested in Larson’s performance. I can’t say I was a fan of hers before this movie, but I certainly am now. And while I don’t think the movie was perfect (I didn’t love the lighter depiction of Nick Fury, though I did enjoy seeing Samuel L Jackson in the role, as always), I think it did its job in introducing the character and inspiring my daughter. I can’t ask for more.

As for the rest of the top five, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was in second place with $14.7 million. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral was in third place with $12 million. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was in fourth place with $3.8 million, while Alita: Battle Angel closed things out in fifth place with $3.2 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel – $160 million
2) How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $18 million
3) Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral – $12 million
4) The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $4 million
5) Alita: Battle Angel – $3.5 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel – $153 million
2) How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $14.7 million
3) Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral – $12 million
4) The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $3.8 million
5) Alita: Battle Angel – $3.2 million

Next week sees the release of Captive State, Five Feet Apart, and Wonder Park. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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