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"Captain Marvel" dominates North American box office in opening weekend

Between Thursday's previews (pulling in $20.7 million) and Friday's showings (raking in another $61.2 million), Captain Marvel is now predicted to pull in between $145 million and $155 million at the box office for its opening weekend.

The movie's success again shows that audiences want to see films that are more representative of themselves.

Captain Marvel stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg and Jude Law.

The Captain Marvel box office also gives it the seventh best MCU opening, the third-best March opening weekend, the sixth best worldwide opening, and fifth best foreign opening.

The Indian Express film critic Shalini Langer noted in her review, "Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck keep the action moving fast and do not linger over any episodes".

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All of which is to say: Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman box office performances don't necessarily compare well.

The film is also the second-highest domestic opening weekend for a solo Marvel Cinematic Universe character debut, behind only last year's "Black Panther".

"Captain Marvel" performed well above studio projections, which had pegged the film at $125 million. "All we kept thinking was 'Oh my God, it's really her, and how can we get a picture for my cousins?' " Thankfully, Brie was happy to oblige, and many fans left the theatre with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In fact, it's already raked in a whopping $455 million worldwide, and $153 million in North America during it's very first weekend at the box office. Its global launch represents the biggest ever female-fronted film, surpassing Beauty and the Beast ($357 million), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

However, it is not just the fact that Captain Marvel is the first leading woman in this era of movies that is empowering, but the characters name also leads to a source of empowerment. "#HigherFurtherFaster", the Captain Marvel Twitter account wrote alongside photos of Larson meeting fans and giving them popcorn. The film received an A CinemaScore from audiences.