While this year's box office has been in a bit of a rut, the estimated preview night gross for Captain Marvel suggests that the film could very well give 2019's moviegoing scene the shot of cosmic energy it needed.
According to Deadline, the Brie Larson-starred superhero film is estimated to pull in $20 million-$24 million at the Thursday night box office, which would effectively result in one of the best-grossing days this year since How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World pulled in $22.2 million its first Saturday.
It's worth noting that these estimates come from Deadline's industry sources and not from Disney/Marvel Studios themselves. As such, the numbers could potentially change come Friday morning.
Still, if Captain Marvel keeps its current pace, the film could take the the title of second-best March Thursday night opening, coming in just behind Warner Bros.' Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which pulled in $27.7 million on its March 24 preview night in 2016.
However, these estimates for Captain Marvel still top the first night gross of 2012's The Avengers ($18.7 million) and could potentially beat out that of 2016's Suicide Squad ($20.5 million). Moreover, these estimates are only just shy of the preview night takings of 2017's Black Panther ($25.5 million) and 2016's Captain America: Civil War ($25 million).
Thursday previews for Captain Marvel began at the relatively early time of 6 PM, much like Marvel Studios' most recent release Ant-Man and the Wasp. This is opposed to films like Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, the Thursday previews for which both began at 7 PM.
Captain Marvel is currently playing at 4,200 theaters, 3,000 of which are 3D-equipped. Additionally, the film is playing at all 400+ IMAX hubs, 750 premium large format screens and 250 D-BOX locations.
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 as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as Mar-Vell/the Supreme Intelligence.