Captain Marvelcontinues to go higher, further, faster at the U.S. box office.
The 21st installment of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe — and its first film with a solo female headliner — earned an estimated $61.4 million after its domestic opening Friday night, includingthe $20.7 million from early Thursday previews.
That gives the MCU its seventh largest domestic opening day behind the threeAvengersfilms,Black Panther,Captain America: Civil War, andIron Man 3.
Disney is currently projecting a three-day box office gross in the range of $145-$155 million, which would potentially giveCaptain Marvela larger opening weekend thanGuardians of the Galaxy, Vo. 1andVol. 2,Spider-Man: Homecoming, andThor: Ragnarok.
Captain Marvelheralds the arrival of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers to the MCU. The part human, part Kree warrior only retains flashes of her life on earth as she fights as a member of the Kree strike team known as Starforce. After crash landing on earth during the ’90s, putting her at odds with the shape-shifting Skrulls infiltrating the planet, she seeks to uncover her past to reveal the truth about who she is and where her cosmic powers come from.
With Anna Boden co-directing the film with herMississippi Grindcomrade Ryan Fleck,Captain Marvelalso marks the first woman to co-direct a Marvel film.