– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The weekend is still young, so we won’t really know how Captain Marvel fares until this Sunday, but if these opening preview numbers are any indication, the latest female-centric flick from Marvel Studios is set to do solid business. This all comes on the heels of a whole lot of controversy surrounding the movie and its star Brie Larson, which has led to movement to review bomb the audience scores on platforms like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb.

So what are the numbers? According to THR, the film made $20.7 million in Thursday box office previews in North America. This is compared to the $11 million Wonder Woman made in 2016, and that film went on to take in $103 million in its opening weekend. Other comparable films are Black Panther ($25.2 million) and Captain America: Civil War ($25 million), which ended up taking in $202 million and $179.4 million on their respective opening weekends.

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Of course, it’s impossible to do a one-to-one comparison with all of these, but Captain Marvel does seem poised to make north of $130 million based on this number alone, with the film officially tracking at $125 million to $145 million. Some believe the film may even take in more than $150 million in North America alone in its opening weekend, which would be quite the feat.

Overseas, it’s anticipated to make bank as well, likely landing north of $300 million, and I’ve personally heard some internal projections hinting at a $400 million-plus worldwide opening weekend, which is nothing to sneeze at. But that’s all theoretical at this point. In terms of facts, Captain Marvel has the second-highest start for a film introducing a new superhero, behind Black Panther.

Will you be seeing Captain Marvel this weekend? And if you have already, what did you think? Let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.