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Captain Marvel claims the second-biggest global opening weekend for a superhero film

The Brie Larson movie raked in more than US$455 million (S$618.5 million) globally.

Captain Marvel claims the second-biggest global opening weekend for a superhero film

FILE PHOTO: Captain Marvel cast member Brie Larson speaks to the media at a fan event in Singapore, Feb 14, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Feline Lim)

In just one weekend, Captain Marvel has earned more than US$455 million (S$618.5 million) globally, making it the second-biggest global opening weekend for a superhero film.

Starring Brie Larson as the titular character, Marvel’s latest film earned US$153 million (S$207.98 million) in the US alone, with US$61.4 million coming from its opening on Friday (Mar 8). Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the female-led flick is bested only by the Avengers series, Black Panther, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War, all of which featured a familiar ensemble cast.

The film opened globally everywhere except Japan, and now holds the sixth-highest global debut of all time and the second-biggest global opening-weekend totals for a superhero film, trailing only Avengers: Infinity War.

In contrast, DC's Wonder Woman earned a global total of US$821 million (S$1.1 billion) back in 2017, according to BoxOfficeMojo.

Captain Marvel was sandbagged by trolls on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes last weekend, when 58,000 reviews were counted to give a 33 per cent audience score.

Thousands of these reviews were later removed, owing to a “glitch”, the site said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. According to Rotten Tomatoes, it had included audience reviews given before the film was released, something which is no longer allowed.

As of Monday (Mar 11, Singapore time), the audience score has risen to 57 per cent with more than 49,000 ratings counted. The film scored an impressive 80 per cent on the Tomatometer, which counted some 354 critics’ reviews.

Captain Marvel is now showing in theatres.   

Source: CNA/jv