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Captain Marvel Photon-Blasts Past $500 Million Worldwide

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Captain Marvel is flying high after an opening weekend that lit up the Hollywood box office for March. The movie will pass the $500 million mark today, giving it a nice start on its road to $1 billion.

According to Forbes, the Monday totals came in and added $10.9 million domestically, which is about average with movies like The Hunger Games and Alice in Wonderland. At the rate it's going now, it will pass the lifetime totals of Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and Ant-Man by its second weekend.

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Domestically, if it's anything like The Hunger Games, it should pass Wonder Woman. There is also a chance it could hit the level of The Dark Knight Rises ($448 million). However, if it falls off like Thor: Ragnarok, it might stall out in the mid-$300 million range.

The biggest numbers come internationally, though, and things are going very strong in that area. Captain Marvel should pass Ant-Man's international take ($519 million) by Wednesday. At its current pace, barring an unforeseen drop, it will blow by both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man by next week.

Of course, word of mouth will ultimately determine which movies Captain Marvel ends up beating. It's unlikely to hit what Black Panther did, as critical buzz pushed that movie to the stars, while Captain Marvel isn't being met with quite the same reaction. Still, Aquaman wasn't a critical darling either, had a smaller opening weekend ($67.8 million) and still managed to pass $1 billion thanks to international audiences.

The good news is that Shazam doesn't hit for a few more weeks, so the only real contender this weekend is Wonder Park before Jordan Peele's Us hits the next week and Dumbo at the end of March.

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Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence.

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