The box office debut of "Captain Marvel", the first female-led superhero pic from Marvel Studios and Disney, starring Brie Larson, scored the sixth-best worldwide start of all time with $455 million, including $153 million in North America and a whopping $302 million overseas, which repped the fifth-best foreign opening in history.
"Captain Marvel"'s performance so far internationally is of particular significance in the quest for gender equality on the big screen, signaling to Hollywood studios that an event pic starring a woman can hold its own around the world and rival action tentpoles featuring men.
In summer 2017, DC and Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman" made box office history in debuting to $103 million in North America, proving that a female-led superhero pic could do huge business. The film, starring Gal Gadot, topped out at a mighty $412.6 million domestically. Internationally, it finished its run at $409.2 million.
"Captain Marvel" cost $150 million to make before marketing. Overseas, it debuted only behind "The Fate of the Furious" ($443.2 million), "Avengers: Infinity War" ($382.8 million), "Jurassic World" ($316.7 million) and the final "Harry Potter" pic ($314 million).
In North America, "Captain Marvel" soared past the $103 million opening of "Wonder Woman", as well as landing the seventh-biggest debut for the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind the three "Avengers" movies, "Black Panther", "Captain America: Civil War" and "Iron Man 3", not adjusted for inflation.
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