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Captain Marvel easily stayed No. 1 in its second weekend, earning another $69.3 million in North America and $119.7 million overseas for a mighty worldwide total of $760.2 million.
The pic’s global tally includes $266.2 million in domestic ticket sales, and $494 million from overseas.
The first female-led superhero pic from Marvel Studios and Disney — starring Brie Larson — is now assured of ultimately earning $1 billion. It’s already passed a slew of superhero pics, including Suicide Squad ($747 million), Captain America: Winter Soldier ($714 million), Doctor Strange ($678 million), Man of Steel ($668 million), Justice League ($658 million), Thor: The Dark World ($645 million), Iron Man 2 ($624 million) and Ant-Man and The Wasp ($623 million), not adjusted for inflation.
Overseas, Captain Marvel has also zoomed past Wonder Woman, which finished its run with a foreign tally of $409 million (Wonder Woman‘s global total was $821.8 million).
In North America, where it declined 55 percent, Captain Marvel scored one of the top 20 second weekends of all time. While males continued to make up the majority of ticket buyers (57 percent), the female portion grew slightly from opening weekend (43 percent versus 42 percent), according to PostTrack.
Elsewhere, Paramount’s animated family pic Wonder Park, which cost as much as $100 million to produce before marketing, opened in second place with a dismal $16 million from 3,838 cinemas. The silver lining: It had been tracking to take in only $8 million to $12 million. Nevertheless, the movie stands to be a major loser unless it does big business overseas and holds up exceptionally well in the U.S.
Weekend Box Office 3/17/19
|1. Captain Marvel||$68.0M||$264.9M||4,310||2|
|2. Wonder Park||$15.9M||$15.9M||3,838||1|
|3. Five Feet Apart||$13.2M||$13.2M||2,803||1|
|4. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||$9.3M||$135.6M||3,727||4|
|5. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral||$7.8M||$58.8M||2,350||3|
|6. No Manches Frida 2||$3.8M||$3.4M||472||1|
|7. Captive State||$3.1M||$3.1M||2,548||1|
|8. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||$2.2M||$101.3M||2,046||6|
|9. Alita: Battle Angel||$1.9M||$81.8M||1,696||5|
|10. Green Book||$1.3M||$82.6M||1,320||18|
Wonder Park launched in a handful of foreign markets — or 13 percent of the marketplace — with $4.3 million for a worldwide bow of $20.3 million.
The movie has been years in the making. And it suffered a setback in 2018 when helmer Dylan Brown was fired by Paramount for inappropriate conduct (the film has no credited director).
The story follows a young girl named June (Brianna Denski) who discovers she’s the only one who can save an amusement park full of magical rides and talking animals. The voice cast also includes Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Hudson Campbell, Ken Jeong and John Oliver.
While critics snubbed the animated pic, it fared better with audiences, who gave it a B+ CinemaScore.
CBS Films’ teen drama Five Feet Apart followed in third place with an estimated $13.2 million from 2,803 theaters, nearly double its modest production budget of $7 million.
Five Feet Apart earned an A CinemaScore. Females turned out in force (82 percent), while a stunning 65 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25, including 48 percent under 18. The film follows Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse), two teenage cystic fibrosis patients who fall in love. Due to their mutual illness, the pair must remain a certain distance from each other at all times.
Lionsgate is distributing Five Feet Apart via its deal with CBS Films. The indie studio also opened No Manches Frida 2 over the weekend, albeit in far fewer theaters, or 472 sites. The sequel, from Lionsgate’s Spanish-language production venture, Pantelion FIlms, placed sixth with an estimated $3.9 million, on par with the original pic.
Manches Frida 2 wasn’t screened for critics, but earned an A CinemaScore from audiences, according to Lionsgate.
Participant Media and Amblin’s new thriller Captive State fell flat in its opening with $3.1 million from 2,548 theaters. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, the pic, coming in No. 7, was skewered by critics and audiences alike (its CinemaScore is a C-).
John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Machine Gun Kelly and Vera Farmiga star in this story about a young man who leads a rebellion against an alien race that has invaded Earth. Focus Features is releasing the movie domestically.
Among holdovers, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World came in at No. 4 with $9.3 million for a domestic total of $135.6 million and $330.9 million globally. Tyler Perry and Lionsgate’s A Madea Family Funeral rounded out the top five in North America with $8.1 million for a a total of $59.1 million.
A slew of films debuted at the specialty box office, including Focus Features’ critically acclaimed The Mustang, which posted a location average of $18,950 from five theaters following its buzzy debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
Fox Searchlight’s post-World War II drama The Aftermath, starring Keira Knightley, struggled in its launch with a muted location average of $11,500.
Idris Elba’s feature directorial debut, Yardie, rolled out in 77 theaters, more than a year after premiering at the 2018 edition of Sundance. The film was gunned down in its debut with a location average of less than $300.
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