China Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Takes Flight With $89.3 Million

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Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, made a heroic start at China’s massive box office over the weekend, earning $89.3 million, according to studio estimates.

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The tentpole’s powerful launch represents Marvel’s third-biggest opening weekend ever in the country, behind only Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. It was also China’s biggest box office weekend ever in the month of March and Marvel’s best stand-alone introduction of a new character, soaring past Black Panther‘s $66.5 million opening last year (only Sony’s Venom and Warner Bros.’ Aquaman have debuted new characters to more — $111 million and $93.6 million, respectively).

 

Captain Marvel more than doubled the China debut of Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman ($38 million), becoming the market’s top comic book adaptation featuring a woman in the lead role. It didn’t quite manage the biggest bow for a female-fronted film overall, however; that crown still belongs to Sony’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which debuted to an astonishing $94.3 million in 2016.

Captain Marvel was predictably strong across Imax’s China network, earning $10.4 million from 603 of the exhibitor’s giant screens. It was Imax’s second-highest superhero opening in China and best-ever showing in the month of March.

 

Captain Marvel was especially huge on Friday, bringing in $34.3 million (counting $2.3 million in Thursday midnight previews), according to Asian box-office tracker Artisan Gateway. Somewhat puzzlingly, though, ticket sales grew by just 5 percent to $33.6 million on Saturday. Sunday’s earnings then dipped to $21 million on Sunday, falling further than the Marvel norm.

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Larson will reprise her Captain Marvel role in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Walt Disney/Marvel
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