As Captain Marvel continues to soar at the worldwide box office, passing the $900 million mark after just three weekends, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's latest film has quietly reached a domestic benchmark for Marvel Studios. This past weekend, Captain Marvel has earned over $321.5 million at the domestic box office, effectively making it the tenth highest domestic earning film in the MCU -- and it's poised to climb even higher over the next several weeks.
Passing the original Iron Man's 2008 domestic total of $318.4 million, the latest MCU film has outperformed over half its shared cinematic universe counterparts, a sure signal that the Disney franchise is showing no signs of slowing down. In the coming weeks, the MCU's 21st film faces strong competition from the Warner Bros./DC's Shazam! but remains poised to overtake Guardians of the Galaxy's $333.1 million 2014 domestic earnings and Spider-Man: Homecoming's $334.2 million 2017 domestic box office totals to become the eighth highest earning MCU film domestically. At its current trajectory, however, it is not expected to surpass Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2's $389.8 million 2017 domestic total to become the seventh highest earning domestic MCU release.
While Black Panther's spot as the highest earning domestic MCU film at an astonishing $700 million is more than secure, it wasn't breakout character's first appearance; that occurred in Chadwick Boseman's scene-stealing performance in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. Brie Larson's Carol Danvers, on the other hand, had not been seen by audiences before the film's premiere. What's more, the movie faced a targeted online campaign to discredit the movie by preemptively leaving negative user feedback on review aggregate sites including Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. But while this campaign certainly affected the audience score on the sites, the film has performed above expectations, both domestically and overseas.
In addition to its current rank as the tenth highest earning MCU film, Captain Marvel is also the tenth highest earning superhero film overall worldwide, with an overseas box office total of $588.8 million. Going into its third weekend, the MCU film surpassed the DCEU's Wonder Woman, and by the end of the weekend, it had surpassed the lifetime totals of Spider-Man 3, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Venom and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, with a current worldwide box office total at $910.3 million. The film is the fourth highest earning MCU film in China, behind Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War, having earned $146.3 million so far in the East Asian country.
Having cleared the $900 million mark three weeks in theaters, Captain Marvel is all but guaranteed to reach the $1 billion milestone by the end of its theatrical run, if not by the end of the coming weekend, becoming the seventh MCU film to do so and the fourth solo MCU film after Iron Man 3, Civil War and Black Panther. A success with audiences in North America and abroad, it's a positive sign for the superhero reportedly carrying the MCU following next month's Avengers: Endgame and continues Marvel Studios lengthy winning streak as it moves into the future.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, 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. The movie is in theaters now.