Captain Marvel has finally graced movie screens worldwide. Early speculations pointed to a potential $150 million opening weekend. Now that the first numbers have been released there is a good possibility that Marvel Studio’s first female-led film could surpass them. Brie Larson titular hero managed to draw in quite a crowd as it opened to $20.7 million in Thursday previews. This is the fifth best Thursday Marvel showing after Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, and Captain America: Civil War.

The interesting part is the analysis of the viewership. According to ComScore, the film received 4 1/2 star rating with a 73% definite recommendation from viewers. This is quite the contrast to the audience score from Rotten Tomatoes, which saw a 33% approval rating with 58,000 reviews. This was then revealed to be the result of trolling. The audience on Thursday was dominantly male with 60% but this weekend could pull in a stronger female audience with positive word-of-mouth. Generally, the women gave the film a better rating with 91% to 82%. Women over 25 especially gave the best grades of 96%. Pushing the film on International Woman’s Day was certainly a great strategic decision.

On its current path, it is eyeing $63.5 million this Friday. As such, the film is predicted to make between $156 million and $160 million. There is the possibility of these numbers growing, as the film may start to draw in a larger female audience over the weekend. Box Office Mojo points to the film potentially ranging from $135 million to $175+ million opening weekend. Last year, Black Panther managed to far surpass its initial prediction so it is not unlikely for Captain Marvel to achieve it as well. This is a welcome break for 2019’s Box Office which has been down 27% from last year.

The film is already making waves overseas as it opened in all major territories except for Japan. Captain Marvel managed to pull in $44 million overseas and an additional $34 million in China. It is the second best opening for an MCU film in the market. Avengers: Infinity War still holds the top spot. It even is outpacing other MCU origin films internationally and may see an international debut of $210+ million. It is safe to say that we will be seeing a lot more from Brie Larson in the MCU’s future.

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Sources: Deadline (Thursday Numbers), Deadline (China BO), Hollywood Reporter (RT Audience Score), Business Insider, Variety, Box Office Mojo