Captain Marvel defeats the trolls with gonzo, record-breaking $455 million weekend 3 years ago

Captain Marvel defeats the trolls with gonzo, record-breaking $455 million weekend

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Higher. Further. Richer.

In the run-up to the release of Captain Marvel, the MCU's first female-headlining movie, the trolls came out in force.


They preemptively tried to pull down the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes - before the movie had even come out - which then resulted in the website stopping the audience to changing the score of the movie at all for a while.

There was also a campaign set up on Twitter which was attempting to get people to go see Alita: Battle Angel instead, for reasons that don't make a huge amount of sense.

Quite what spurned on the trolling is unclear: they didn't like that lead actress Brie Larson wanted the interviews at the global junket to be more representative of females and POC, or maybe they were big DC fans and wanted Wonder Woman to stay the biggest female hero, or maybe it was just some good old-fashioned sexism?

Whatever the reason, it didn't work, as Captain Marvel has raked in an astounding $455 million at the global box office in its first weekend alone.


That makes it the sixth biggest worldwide weekend in history, behind Avengers: Infinity War, The Fate Of The Furious, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

But what it does make it is the biggest opening weekend for a solo superhero. Not just female solo superhero (it beat out Wonder Woman's global three-day take of $223 million comfortably), but the biggest for all solo superhero outings, beating previous record-holder Iron Man 3's tally of $372 million.

The movie itself was met middling-to-positive reviews by critics (64% on Metacritic, or check out our review here), but the general consensus is that Brie Larson is fantastic in the lead role, and we all can't wait to see how the character plays out in her very capable hands.

For some further reading on the movie, including how one of the characters could play a huge role in the future of the MCU, then look no further.


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