'Captain Marvel' Nears $1 Billion, More Comic Milestones Within Reach

Updated April 1, 2019: "Captain Marvel" officially took in $20.7 million at the domestic box office over the weekend, 40 percent off of last weekend for a new total of $354 million. 

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The next films it will pass on its way up the unadjusted for inflation all-time comic book charts will be 2016's Deadpool ($363 m), 2004's Spider-Man 2 ($374m) and likely 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($390m). 

Within possible reach but not definitely are 2002's Spider-Man ($404m), 2016's Captain America: Civil War ($408m), 2013's Iron Man 3 ($409m) and 2017's Wonder Woman ($413m).  

On the international front, through the weekend Captain Marvel has earned $637m at the overseas box office for a global total of $991m. It is expected to cross the $1 billion total sometime between Tuesday and Thursday. 

Over the coming weekend it'll likely pass 2018's The Dark Knight ($1.005B), move into the all-time Top 30 for all films later this month, and may eventually challenge 2012's The Dark Knight Rises ($1.085B, #25 on the charts). 

But that will likely be its last possible milestone, with Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, Iron Man 3, Civil War and Aquaman remaining the Top 7 comic book films internationally, until Avengers: Endgame eventually upsets the apple cart. 

Updated March 30 2019: With an estimated $5.5m on Friday (for a probable $20m/-40 percent fourth weekend give or take) and $339m at the domestic box office, Captain Marvel has now passed 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy ($333m), 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334m), last year's Aquaman ($334m) and 2007s Spider-Man 3 ($336m) on the all-time unadjusted superhero/comic book chart. 

Within its eventual grasp are 2016's Deadpool ($363m), 2004's Spider-Man 2 ($373m) and 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($389m).

Captain Marvel is expected to be within reach of $1 billion globally by the end of the weekend. 

Updated March 28, 2019: According to Scott Mendelson of Forbes, Captain Marvel added $2.8m (-35 percent from last Wednesday) at the domestic box office Wednesday for a new $331m 20-day total, passing the unadjusted domestic total of 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330m) by a nose. 

Captain Marvel is expected to leapfrog another handful of superhero films like 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy ($333), 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334m), last year's Aquaman ($334m) and 2007s Spider-Man 3 ($336m) by close of business Friday.

At around $940m globally the film could pass $1 billion over the weekend, or may need a few more days. 

Updated March 27, 2019: Brie Larson is definite A-lister now, as Captain Marvel has reached $930.9 million at the global box office, according to Forbes.

Domestically, the film has earned $327.9m to date — surpassing the original Iron Man ($318.4m) and putting it just a few days shy of Guardians of the Galaxy ($333.1m). The film is playing in an estimated 4,278 screens in the United States and Canada — just 32 less than its debut 18 days ago.

Outside of North America, Captain Marvel has earned an estimated $603m, trumping The Jungle Book ($598m) but still somewhat distant from Venom ($640m).

Will Captain Marvel still be in theaters when Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26? It seems likely.

Updated March 25, 2019: As expected Captain Marvel topped $900 million in global box office receipts over the weekend. Its estimated figures now include $321m in domestic earnings after a $35m weekend and $589m in foreign receipts for a total $910 cume.  

Unadjusted for inflation, it now ranks as Marvel Studios' 10th highest earner in the U.S. and Canada (and could rise as far as 5th-7th) and 7th highest in global earnings, where it will likely remain. 

Captain Marvel is expected to surpass $1 billion in global earnings in the next 7 to 10 days. 

Updated March 22, 2019: Deadline reports Captain Marvel made $4.2m at the domestic box office Thurday, -8 percent from Wednesday and is now at $286.4m in the U.S. and Canada heading into its third weekend, where it is expected to total $35-$40m on it way past the $300m mark and perhaps $900m globally. 

Captain Marvel took second place for the first time since its release, versus Thursday evening previews for Jordan Peele's new horror film Us which totaled $7.4m. Us is expected to easily top the weekend box office. 

Updated March 20, 2019: Captain Marvel made $7.59 million at the domestic box office on Tuesday (a 46 percent jump on from Monday), for a new 12-day total of $278m, according to Forbes' Scott Mendelson.

With a current figure of $525m in overseas receipts, the film has now passed $800m at the global box office — $803m to be more precise. 

Besides already passing a plethora of Marvel Studios and superhero titles in domestic and worldwide lifetime totals in its first two weeks, perhaps most noteworthy is that Tuesday's total is Marvel's Studios fourth highest Tuesday/12th-day of release total according to figures at BoxOfficeMojo, behind only Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Avengers (in that order), no small feat given it's March. 

Box office analysts continue to project the film to eventually pass $1 billion worldwide and possibly over $400m domestically. 

Updated March 18, 2019: With estimates of the weekend's box office in, Captain Marvel has earned a cumulative $760.2 million worldwide, according to Deadline. $266.2m of that comes from North America, while $494m of that comes from international markets.

The $494m is notable because that is a larger foreign take than 2018's Ant-Man & The Wasp already, as well as both Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Notable markets are China ($132m), Korea ($36.5m), the United Kingdom ($30.9m), Brazil ($24.3m), and Mexico ($22.4m).

Updated March 13, 2019: Captain Marvel has earned $524 million at the worldwide box office, according to Deadline. The Marvel Studios film earned $34m globally on Monday, with a total to-date breakdown of $345m internationally and $179m domestically.

Captain Marvel earned an estimated $14.6m domestically on Tuesday, which the Hollywood trade points out is the second-best Tuesday in March ever, behind Beauty & The Beast ($17.8m) but ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($12.1m).

Deadline cites an unnamed source who estimates that Captain Marvel will reach $750m worldwide by the end of the week, and projects the film to ultimately earn over $1 billion.

Updated March 12, 2019: With Monday's receipts tallied, Captain Marvel has now grossed $490 million worldwide at the box office, according to Deadline. That breaks down to $325.6m internationally and $164.4m in North America.

Internationally, the Brie Larson-starrer is performing best in China with $95m, followed by Korea ($25.3m), United Kingdom ($18.1m), Brazil ($14.7m), and Mexico ($13.7m).

Updated March 11, 2019: Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel has clocked $455.7 million in its opening weekend worldwide, according to Deadline. That breaks down to $302.3m internationally and $153.4m in the United States and Canada, and makes it the sixth-highest worldwide opening weekend debut of all time — and second among superhero films behind, of course, Avengers: Infinity War.

Of particular note is China's reported $89.3m opening weekend — the MCU's third-largest debut in the region ever, after Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War.

Updated March 8, 2019: Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel has earned an estimated $78 million across the globe, according to the Walt Disney Company. With the United States and Canada coming online Thursday evening, the Brie Larson-led film is showing in all major theatrical markets except Japan and Nigeria — where it is scheduled to open March 15.

Captain Marvel's take in China is particularly strong: Estimates have in it around $34m over Thursday night previews and Friday which makes either either the second or third-highest comic book superhero debut there behind Avengers: Infinity War ($71m) and maybe Venom ($34.2m) depending on its final decimal point total. 

The film has an estimated $20.7m take in the United States and Canada with Thursday previews.

Original Story: Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel has opened overseas with $2.51 million in China, according to Deadline. Captain Marvel's pre-sales in the country were second only to Avengers: Infinity War in the superhero genre, but the $2.51m opening reportedly places it fourth behind Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War.

The Hollywood trade projects the film to garner $60-$90m from the Middle Kingdom during its opening weekend.

Deadline goes on to estimate opening day box offices in Korea at $5.9m and France at $1.7m.

Captain Marvel opens in North America this afternoon, March 7.

Originally published on Newsarama.  

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Chris Arrant
Newsarama Senior Editor

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Space.com sister site Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News and CBR. He is the author of the book "Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang," co-authored "Art of Spider-Man Classic," and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology "Pros and (Comic) Cons." He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)