Captain Marvel has scored the biggest worldwide opening of all time for a female-fronted film, with a box office debut of $455 million in global ticket sales.
The latest instalment from the Marvel cinematic universe, starring Brie Larson as the title hero, brought in $153 million in North America, making it the second-largest opening for a comic book adaptation.
It eclipsed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that came in at $357 million and is second only to Avengers: Infinity War which ran at $640.5 million. Overall, Captain Marvel is the sixth best worldwide bow of all time, ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“Marvel Studios once again proves that stories combining diverse perspectives and different experiences make great movies that play to everybody. People crave representation,” said Disney’s distribution chief, Cathleen Taff.
The story, set in 1995, follows galactic warrior Vers as she flexes her powers and savvy when a battle between two alien races threatens Earth. Along the way, she discovers her true identity and past — along with Goose the cat. Larson reprises the role in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel — which opened on International Women’s Day — also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg and Jude Law.