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Captain Marvel May Outpace Infinity War In Advance Ticket Sales

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The good news for Marvel just keeps rolling in -- not only has the upcoming Captain Marvel sold more advance tickets than Captain America: Civil War in its first 24 hours, it's on track to outpace advance sales for Avengers: Infinity War.

Tickets for Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, went on sale Wednesday. Fandango tweeted that in its first day it has already sold the third-highest number of pre-sale tickets in Marvel Cinematic Universe history. Only Black Panther and Infinity War are ahead of it.

Atom Tickets, another online ticket retailer, also said that Captain Marvel had impressive ticket sales on its site, but still fell behind Infinity War. Nonetheless, Atom Tickets observed that, with almost two months until the film's March 8 release date, Captain Marvel could end up beating the site's overall advance ticket sales for Infinity War. This bodes very well for the MCU's first standalone female-led film.

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"The fact that Captain Marvel is third among all [Marvel Cinematic Universe] titles in the first 24 hours just shows you how much people are anticipating the film," said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis in an interview with CNBC. "This leads me to believe that [the Captain Marvel] box office will be healthy."

Fandango and Atom Tickets didn't release the dollar figures for the movie's pre-sales, but if history is any indication, things are off to a good start. In 2018, Infinity War and Black Panther raked in $1.38 billion dollars domestically and $2.2 billion internationally, suggesting that, between March's Captain Marvel and April's Avengers: Endgame, Marvel and its parent company, Disney, could once again have a very good year at the box office in 2019.

Although Captain Marvel is a lesser known character and hasn't yet been seen onscreen, as the many of the characters in both Black Panther and Infinity War have, her importance to the MCU was teased at the end of Infinity War.

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Analysts expect that Captain Marvel's opening weekend will be comparable to that of the DC Extended Universe's Wonder Woman in 2017. That movie took in $103 million at the North American box office during its first three days of release on its way to a total of $821 million globally. Captain Marvel is predicted to also take in at least $100 million in its first weekend.

Captain Marvel serves as an origin story for the superhero and precursor to her inclusion in Endgame, in which the character is also expected to appear.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, 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, McKenna Grace as young Carol, and Annette Bening in an undisclosed role. The film arrives March 8.

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