"Captain Marvel" also opened in worldwide markets, and Disney estimated the global weekend take at $455 million, the sixth-biggest ever.
Total domestic box office for 2019, which had plunged by 27 percent before the weekend, is now down 21 percent at $1.79 billion, according to Comscore's Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst.
Fellow Marvel star and Captain America actor Chris Evans seemed to be just as proud of Brie Larson as the rest of us, taking to Twitter to congratulate the Captain Marvel star on her opening weekend success. Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" is an all-new adventure that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes.
The film debuted domestically with $153 million from 4,310 theaters, a per-theater average of $35,499.
Internationally, the estimated $302 million opening weekend from 53 territories makes it the fifth-highest overseas opening weekend of all time, second-highest superhero opening weekend of all time (behind only Avengers: Infinity War), and biggest for March. I think you see that in their box office.
The movie, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson"), also bested the first female superhero movie to get a theatrical release in the last 10 years, 2017's "Wonder Woman". Despite attempts from internet trolls to tank the Audience Rating score on Rotten Tomatoes, critic reviews have been largely positive and audiences agree - giving the film an A CinemaScore (Marvel Studios' fourteenth such high mark).
Celebrating the release of the film of the same name, the "Captain Marvel Integrated Event" continues through March 17 at Paragon Cineplex, on the 5th floor of Siam Paragon. Yes, Brie Larson was serving away popcorn and soda to movie watchers.
"With a reported Dollars 153 mn in the United States and USD 302 mn internationally, Captain Marvel is poised to have the second biggest worldwide opening in the MCU, only behind Avengers: Infinity War, which happens to have the biggest worldwide opening at USD 640.5 m", reported comicbook.com.
"Lego Movie 2: The Second Part", $3.8 million ($3.9 million international).
The 21st installment of Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe propelled total domestic moviegoing to $210 million - almost $70 million above the same frame a year ago.