'Captain Marvel' Flies High With $456 Million Worldwide Debut

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Their invaluable work often goes unnoticed in conversations regarding the success of tent-pole releases like Captain Marvel.

"Captain Marvel", the first Marvel superhero installment featuring a female lead, earned $455 million worldwide during its opening weekend ― the highest box-office debut for any female-fronted movie and the sixth-highest global opening weekend overall, according to Variety. Happily, after the movie's opening weekend, it seems the flick has gone higher, further, and faster at the box office. The domestic total of $153 million is Marvel's second-highest opening for a movie centered on a new character, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "They came up with the concept for it, and we said, 'That sounds awesome'".

As expected, the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) - Captain Marvel - went straight to number one at the USA box office. "Captain Marvel" was helmed by the filmmaking team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who previously made the indies "Half Nelson" and "Mississippi Grind". And considering the movie's incredible performance compared to the standard solo debut like Ant-Man or Doctor Strange, it's clear that audiences are eager for more female-led stories.

While the hype around Captain Marvel was huge leading up to its March 7 release, there was some chatter about if the world was indeed ready for a female superhero to lead its own series.

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Actress Brie Larson, star of "Captain Marvel", appeared at the Clifton AMC Theater Saturday night, much to the delight of fans.

Even without the same kind of name recognition that Wonder Woman benefitted from, "Captain Marvel" soared past that start.

It wasn't just young women who turned out to see the on-screen adventures of Carol Danvers, the Air Force pilot who becomes an intergalactic hero.

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