'Captain Marvel' box-office buzz: Brie Larson's film expected to make $350 million opening worldwide
Days ahead of its opening, the film was much ahead of Marvel's previous releases - 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'Venom' - in terms of advance ticket booking sales on Atom Tickets
'Captain Marvel', the first female superhero film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is all set to release worldwide on March 8, and to say that expectation among fans is high, would be an understatement.
Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, and Jude Law, the film will also hint at the conclusion to the biggest superhero movies out there - 'Avengers: Endgame.'
Because of the ensuing buzz, the film is expected to make an $150 million opening in USA-Canada and $350 million opening worldwide. Three days before its opening, the film was much ahead of Marvel's previous releases - 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'Venom' - in terms of advance ticket booking sales on Atom Tickets.
The film is about ex-US Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers, who is now a part of an elite Kree military unit called Starforce. She returns to Earth when the planet is caught in the middle of a war between two alien races. She learns of her forgotten past and leads the task force to end the war with the help of Nick Fury; the film is set in 1995 and the post-credit scenes in the film are expected to throw light on how Captain Marvel will join the Avengers to aid them in the fight against Thanos.
'Captain Marvel' will mark the beginning of a busy movie season, with Alisha Grauso, Atom Insider’s editorial lead, remarking, "The movie season is picking up again and Captain Marvel is unsurprisingly kicking it off. Presales have been strong, with it beating out 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'Venom'. The Marvel brand carries its own goodwill now, and audiences are looking forward to seeing what the studio does with its first female-led movie."
According to Deadline, Larson's movie is set to have a $150 million opening in US-Canada, which is much higher than 'Ant-Man and the Wasp', which recorded a domestic opening collection of $76 million (approx), according to Boxoffice Mojo. The Paul Rudd starrer was released in 4,206 theaters in the domestic market whereas 'Captain Marvel' will release in 4,200 theaters. This film will also have the widest release on IMAX with 1,360 screens worldwide. While the film is slated to release in the coming days in most of the international regions, fans in Japan will have to wait till March 15 to see Captain Marvel in full throttle.
In comparison to DC's 'Wonder Woman', another female superhero film, 'Captain Marvel' is expected to perform equally well. The Gal Gadot-starrer recorded a domestic opening of $103 million (approx) with release in 4,165 theaters.
Not only is 'Captain Marvel' led by a female superhero, but it also has an impressive roster of females in its production crew, including co-director and writer Anna Boden, co-screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet, executive producers Victoria Alonso and Patricia Whitcher and composer Pinar Toptrak among others.