Captain Marvel has continued to dominate the global box office in its second weekend in theatres, leaving newcomers in the dust.
Walt Disney Studios estimated on Sunday that the intergalactic superhero fell only 55 percent from its record-breaking opening. This weekend, Captain Marvel earned an additional $69.3m from North American theatres and $119.7m internationally, bringing its global grosses to $760m.
With Brie Larson in the title role, Captain Marvel has already surpassed the lifetime grosses of a slew of superhero films including Justice League, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man.
In a very distant second, Paramount’s animated family film Wonder Park struggled with $16m against a reported $100m budget. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for Comscore, said that it’s hard to compete with Captain Marvel, which is playing to all ages and audiences.
But the PG-rated pic about a girl who dreams up an amusement park did not score well with critics either — it’s currently sitting at a 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
But it wasn’t all bad news for the films in Captain Marvel’s shadow. The Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson film Five Feet Apart opened in third place with $13.2m in ticket sales, which is nearly double its production budget. The film from Lionsgate and CBS Films is centred on two teens with cystic fibrosis.
Audiences were overwhelmingly female (82 percent) and young (65 percent under age 25 and 45 percent under 18). The stars involved, like Sprouse who is in the popular TV show Riverdale, have a strong fan base and social following motivated young women to turn out to the theatres.
“You don’t always have to be No. 1 to have a success,” Dergarabedian said. “And Five Feet Apart proves that.”