Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel continues to soar higher, further and faster as tickets for the film continue to soar.
With mere weeks until release, the box office numbers for Captain Marvel's opening weekend are beginning to come into focus, and as it stands, Carol Danvers' first foray onto the big screen seems set to big in a marvelous haul. Following the film's first press screenings earlier this week, Captain Marvel ticket sales have surged and are officially ahead of other highly-anticipated superhero films such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman. The movie already has the second-highest presales of any superhero origin film, and the only film that had higher sales is another Marvel Cinematic Universe film, last year's mega-blockbuster Black Panther.
THIS JUST IN: Thanks to this week's early screenings of #CaptainMarvel, there's been a surge in advance tix sales at @Fandango. The film is now 2nd all-time for superhero origin stories, outpacing #Aquaman, #Deadpool, #WonderWoman, #AntMan & more. Higher, further, faster indeed! pic.twitter.com/fjF88yk530— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) February 21, 2019
According to Fandango, Captain Marvel is currently the third biggest pre-seller for any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind only Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther. What's even more impressive is that the film is officially outpacing the sales of both Wonder Woman and Aquaman at this point in their respective release cycles. Current estimates for the film's opening weekend box office have it taking in a massive $100-$120 million, and that number could rise, or fall, as Marvel Studios and Disney continue the film's final marketing push.
Long range tracking originally had film eyeing around a $160 million opening. While that number is far from what experts are currently predicting, it's worth noting that films such as Aquaman, Wonder Woman and even Black Panther went on to far exceed expectations with two of the films going on to earn an astounding $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
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 Mar-Vell, 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 and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives on March 8.