Newcomers were no match for Disney’s “Captain Marvel.” The superhero blockbuster soared past the competition at the domestic box office, bringing in $69 million in its second weekend of release.
Marvel’s first comic-book tentpole to spotlight a female superhero surpassed $265 million in ticket sales domestically. Overseas, “Captain Marvel” crossed $494 million for a massive global haul of $760 million.
After a sluggish start to 2019, it has been “Captain Marvel” to the rescue. Ticket sales are up over 3% from the same weekend in 2018, according to Comscore. As a whole, the domestic box office is still struggling to match last year’s record with receipts pacing 19% behind 2018.
Paramount Pictures’ “Wonder Park,” an animated adventure set in an amusement park based on the imagination of a young girl, had the best start among new releases. It arrived with $16 million when it launched in 3,838 locations. While “Wonder Park” opened ahead of industry expectations, it will need to pick up steam to justify its expensive budget. Paramount spent nearly $100 million to produce the film, not including marketing and distribution costs. Since the PG-rated “Wonder Park” appeals to a younger crowd, the studio anticipates moviegoing will gain traction as students will be out of school for spring break.
As expected, families accounted for 62% of “Wonder Park’s” opening weekend audience. “Wonder Park,” featuring the voices of Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, and Mila Kunis, was not well liked among critics. Audiences were slightly more enthusiastic, giving it a B+ CinemaScore.
Landing at No. 3 is CBS and Lionsgate’s “Five Feet Apart,” a romantic drama about two teenagers who meet and fall in love while being treated for cystic fibrosis. Directed by “Jane the Virgin” actor Justin Baldoni, “Five Feet Apart” generated $13 million from 2,803 venues, a sizable start considering it carries a $7 million price tag. Starring ” The Edge of Seventeen” and “Split” actress Haley Lu and Cole Sprouse, the film catered mostly to young females. Women represented 82% of opening weekend crowds, while 45% were under 18 years old.
Other new releases include Focus Features and Participant Media’s “Captive State.” The fantasy thriller placed seventh on box office charts, debuting with a disappointing $3 million from 2,547 theaters. Directed by “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” filmmaker Rupert Wyatt,” “Captive State” was poorly received by both audiences and critics. It carries a C- CinemaScore, along with a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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