MARCH 18 UPDATE: Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson soared past $200m in its second session, adding a confirmed $67.9m to leave new openers Wonder Park and Five Feet Apart in its wake.
The Marvel Studios tentpole has reached $264.9m in North America and $760.8m worldwide. Only 20 films have crossed $200m in North America in less time, and only 19 have been faster to the $250m mark.
Jordan Peele’s SXSW hit Us will pose a challenge this week, although even if its slides down the order, Captain Marvel will hit $300m by next weekend.
Paramount’s family animation Wonder Park opened in second place on $15.9m in 3,838 theatres, while the romance Five Feet Apart arrived in third via Lionsgate on $13.2m in 2,803.
Pantelion’s No Manches Frida 2 made a splash, as the adaptation of German comedy hit Fack Ju Göhte opened at number six on $3.8m in 47 sites. The R-rated comedy stars Omar Chaparro, Martha Higareda, Aaron Díaz, and Itatí Cantoral, among others, and was directed by Nacho G. Velilla from a screenplay by David S. Olivas, Claudio Herrera and Sergio Adrian Sánchez. The original No Manches Frida opened during Labor Day holiday weekend in September 2016 and grossed $3.6m. Participant Media’s sci-fi thriller Captive State opened in seventh place through Focus Features on $3.1m in 2,548 sites.
Warner Bros’ The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part crossed $100m in its sixth weekend and ranks eighth on $101.3m. It will not catch up with The LEGO Movie, which finished on $257.8m in 2014, or The LEGO Batman Movie, which ended its run on $175.8m in 2017. However it has comfortably overtaken the $59.3m final tally of 2017 release The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
In the limited arena, Focus Features opened the drama The Mustang starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Connie Britton, and Bruce Dern at number 44 on $71,657 from four venues for a respectable $17,914 average. Fox Searchlight debuted Keira Knightley post-Second World War drama The Aftermath at number 50 on $56,419 in five venues. Sports comedy Dominirriquenos 2 opened via Spanglish Movies at number 17 on $558,754 in 53 venues.
Box office for the top 12 amounted to $128.8m in a 35.7% drop against last weekend, when Captain Marvel flew into action. The weekend gained 5.4% on the equivalent session in 2018.
This week’s wide release is Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up Us, which premiered in SXSW earlier in the month.
Confirmed top 10 North America Mar 15-17 2019
Film (Dist) / Conf wkd gross / Conf total to date
1 (1) Captain Marvel (Buena Vista) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International $67.9m $264.9m
2 (-) Wonder Park (Paramount) Paramount Pictures International $15.9m –
3 (-) Five Feet Apart (Lionsgate) Lionsgate International $13.2m –
4 (2) How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal) Universal Pictures International $9.3m $135.6m
5 (3) Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral (Lionsgate) Lionsgate International $7.8m $58.8m
6 (-) No Manches Frida 2 (Pantelion) $3.8m –
7 (-) Captive State (Focus Features) Lionsgate International $3.1m –
8 (4) The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures International $2.2m $101.3m
9 (5) Alita: Battle Angel (Fox) Fox International $1.9m $81.8m
10 (6) Green Book (Universal) Lionsgate International / Amblin Partners $1.3m $82.6m