Newcomers Can't Keep Up With 'Captain Marvel' in Race at Box Office
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The Brie Larson-starring movie tops the domestic chart with an estimated $69 million in its second weekend, though new releases 'Wonder Park' and 'Five Feet Apart' surpass expectations.

AceShowbiz - "Captain Marvel" flies higher and further in its second weekend at box office. The first female-led superhero movie from Marvel Studios is unchallenged at the chart, bringing in additional $69 million for a current domestic haul of $265 million.

Overseas, the Brie Larson-starring movie has amassed over $494 million for a global total of $760 million so far. In two weeks, the movie's global haul has surpassed the lifetime grosses of previous Marvel superhero pics, such as "Ant-Man and the Wasp" ($623 million), "Iron Man 2" ($624 million), "Thor: The Dark World" ($645 million) and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" ($714 million).

"Captain Marvel" 54.8% decline in its second week is comparable to its predecessor "Avengers: Infinity War". At this pace, the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck-directed flick will easily join the $1 billion club in no time.

Far behind in the second place is "Wonder Park", which debuts to an estimated $16 million ahead of industry expectations. The animated movie from Paramount Pictures, which cost nearly $100 million to produce before marketing and distribution, still has a long way to cover the budget. Critics' reviews didn't help as it only holds an approval rating of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences were more appreciative of the movie, giving it B+ on CinemaScore.

Another newcomer, "Five Feet Apart", enters the chart at No. 3 with approximately $13.2 million, which is nearly double its production budget. The romantic drama flick, which marks the feature-film directorial debut of "Jane the Virgin" star Justin Baldoni, mostly attracted female with women representing 82% of opening weekend crowds.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, says it's hard to compete with "Captain Marvel," which is playing to all ages and audiences, but "you don't always have to be No. 1 to have a success." He adds, "And 'Five Feet Apart' proves that."

"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" drops to fourth place with additional $9.3 million, followed by "Tyler Perry's a Madea Family Funeral" which also loses two spots and rounds out the top five with an estimated $8.1 million.

New release "No Manches Frida 2" delivered the biggest surprise this week, landing at No. 6 with approximately $3.9 million from just 472 theaters. On the other hand, "Captive State" disappointed with just $3.2 million gross after opening in 2,548 theaters this week. The fantasy thriller from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt was poorly received by both critics and audiences.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for Mar. 15-17:

  1. "Captain Marvel" - $69 million
  2. "Wonder Park" - $16 million
  3. "Five Feet Apart" - $13.2 million
  4. "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" - $9.3 million
  5. "Tyler Perry's a Madea Family Funeral" - $8.1 million
  6. "No Manches Frida 2" - $3.9 million
  7. "Captive State" - $3.2 million
  8. "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" - $2.1 million
  9. "Alita: Battle Angel" - $1.9 million
  10. "Green Book" - $1.3 million

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