Why Captain Marvel Blew Everyone Away At The Box Office

  • Published: 13 March 2019
  • Captain Marvel blasted into theaters over its opening weekend with an astonishing domestic haul of over $150 million in ticket sales. Adding global receipts bumped that figure to a staggering $455 million, making it the sixth-highest global debut of all time.

    While those numbers are impressive, when you step back and consider why the film did so well, it all comes into focus pretty quickly. From its impact on larger MCU storylines to some background on who Captain Marvel actually is, here are some of the top reasons that Carol Danvers' debut flew away with the box office. Spoilers ahead!

    The elephant in the room for all things Marvel right now is Avengers: Endgame. Coming off last spring's anxiety-inducing third Avengers installment, at least half of the population is dying to see what happens next. The pent-up demand for Endgame has lent a boost to the Marvel movies that came out in the interim. Ant-Man and the Wasp pulled in a neat $617 million worldwide and Captain Marvel has made over two thirds that total in its first few days of release. While there are a ton of different factors for Captain Marvel's success, the backdrop of Endgame looming a mere seven weeks after its release date surely helped the movie soar to blockbuster heights.

    keep watching to learn more about why Captain Marvel blew everyone away at the box office!

    Endgame waiting game | 0:36
    Answering big questions | 1:12
    Captain Marvel who? | 1:57
    '90s Nostalgia | 2:35
    A long winter | 3:14
    Knowledge beckons | 4:01
    Who's a Skrull? | 4:46
    Nicholas Joseph Fury | 5:52
    Origin-al | 7:00
    An eye to the future | 8:10
    A Marvel-ous first | 8:51
    Marvel-ous momentum | 9:25
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  • Looper
    Looper   1 months back

    What do you think was the number 1 factor in Captain Marvel's success?

    • Baris Bal
      Baris Bal  5 days back

      my guess is these groups of people pay for the tickets, watched it and didnt complain. and thats how the movie make that much of money

      1 people who doesnt care about cast list

      2 people who dont believe brie is racist, sexist, ageist(that includes me)

      3 people who dont wanna miss anything until endgame

      4 feminists(at least the people know what feminism is)

      5 people who hate trolls and unreasonable haters

      6 people who goes to theather and actually love despite every thing(that one also includes me)

      but like i said mine is just a guess
      peresonally i like the movie. sure it would have made me more excited. but i think the problem was the timing rather than the quality of the story. In terms of proportionality, i believe if i wouldnt see avengers 1-2-3, winter soldier, GOTG 1-2, dr strange etc. this movie would make me hyped like the day when i saw the iron-man 1 for the first time

    • Black asshol3
      Black asshol3  7 days back

      Disney buying seats and paying company's like looper to put out positive reviews even though the movie was god awful. And it didn't do that great thats a straight up lie

    • Stephen Fallon
      Stephen Fallon  1 weeks back

      Avengers End Game!! The character was completely unlikeable, the film was dull and stupid.

    • Liam. W
      Liam. W  1 weeks back


    • B-Rad
      B-Rad  2 weeks back


  • Ian Carney
    Ian Carney  15 hours back

    Not even going to watch this video if you thought Captain marvel was good. The only good things about it was Stan lees/malrats cameo and the ferkincat.

    • Julie Ann Edioma
      Julie Ann Edioma  1 days back

      I'm sure she blew the director too 😉

      • Marieko West
        Marieko West  2 days back

        I’ve been waiting for it for almost a year. I really enjoyed it and watched it 7x. I can really relate to her so it was special to me. To be honest, Avengers Infinity War was just meh to me. I only wanna see Endgame because Captain Marvel and Antman will be in it. I’m really happy and even gloating that it was a big success in spite of all the bitter butthurt fanboys’ futile attempts to make it fail. ☺️

        • technicalleon
          technicalleon  6 days back

          Personally, I enjoyed Captain Marvel well enough but I thought it could've been better.
          If the movie's doing well, I'm happy for the MCU's continued growth.

          • Baris Bal
            Baris Bal  5 days back

            i like the movie. sure it would have made me more excited. but i think the problem was the timing rather than the quality of the story. In terms of proportionality, i believe if i wouldnt see avengers 1-2-3, winter soldier, GOTG 1-2, dr strange etc. this movie would make me hyped like the day when i saw the iron-man 1 for the first time

        • Allen Turner
          Allen Turner  1 weeks back

          Brie Larsen Hates all men and boys

          • Allen Turner
            Allen Turner  1 weeks back

            WW beat her

            • Allen Turner
              Allen Turner  1 weeks back

              No she didnt WW beat her

              • Roman Fedotov
                Roman Fedotov  1 weeks back

                this one worse than black panther and panther is worst marvel movie

                • PaulPlaysMinecraft
                  PaulPlaysMinecraft  1 weeks back

                  I'll be honest the film was meh only good bit was nick fury's eye which i hoped happened

                  • Jodezza
                    Jodezza  1 weeks back

                    Blew everyone away my arse. It was average at best with a seriously average character and loads of politics NOBODY ASKED FOR. If it made bank at the Box Office it is because ENDGAME is just around the corner. End of Story. Christ I hope they don't undo almost 2 decades of brilliant work creating The MCU by focusing on Captain Marvel too much. . . It would be a massive disservice to all the other amazing characters.

                    • Rick Johnson
                      Rick Johnson  3 days back

                      [They cut off my last paragraph.

                    • Rick Johnson
                      Rick Johnson  3 days back

                      +Jodezza I started reading comics in the early '50's, so I'm well aware of the MCU. You have to remember 1 thing: IT'S A COMIC BOOK!. I don't read them anymore for a variety of reasons, but that doesn't mean that I don't follow the story line. I don't agree with your " forced and abrupt" line. I enjoyed the movie and will see Endgame when it comes out. I had never written a single word in 1 of the "movie forums", but in all my years, I have never seen any 1 person dumped on like Brie Larson has been. She is a very good actress who, if given a good script, will be fine as Captain Marvel. For the 1st time, I went to various critical forums and have yet to hear anything positive in respect to Ms Larson. I could have done without the cat, and Fury losing his eye to said cat was stupid. I think that most MCU fans probably thought that he lost it in a epic battle in the past, not a cat. The people who wrote the script for this movie don't know how to write for something like this. If people want to talk s*** about the movie, then talk s*** about it but don't just single out Brie Larson, she can only work with the script she was given. A comic book story line is just that, a story line. As for comic book girl's opinion, it means nothing, in fact, none of our opinions mean anything as far as it being the deciding factor as to who leaves and who doesn't. When 1 does go to a movie, it should be because they want to see it and not because some 2nd rate critic that acts like they should have be consulted about how the film should be made, says it's no good 2 months before it is even released. Go see the movie. The premise of the movie was good, the writing, not so good. The flaws in the movie need to be laid at the feet of Marvel, who had 3 years to make this movie, who saw how many rough drafts, and nobody saw that the script needed to be punched up. Remember, Marvel had 3 years to make this work.

                    • Jodezza
                      Jodezza  3 days back

                      +Rick Johnson- People like me. You mean comicbook fans? Had you even heard of Captain Marvel before she was suddenly shoe horned into the MCU? She is a D-list character at best and certainly no fan favourite. She has been rebooted 7 or 8 times and none of them have been popular. I am saying it would be tragic for Marvel to take characters as beloved as the Original Avengers, who have been honed and shaped for everyone over the past decade+ and have them fade into the background so Captain Marvel can take centre stage. You want to really see what Comicbook fans who have supported Marvel for decades think of Captain Marvel and her rather forced and abrupt showing up in the MCU as The Most Powerful Character. I would recommend you have a look at Comicbook Girl 19’s channel. Her channel has been nothing but devoted to comics since its inception and she is FAR from impressed. The stupid politics only add to it, there is NO reason for it, we are here to be entertained not to take a course in feminism.

                    • Rick Johnson
                      Rick Johnson  4 days back

                      I think that people like you would find politics in the Beverly Hillbillies. The movie and Brie Larson were very good. Would be even better with better scripts.

                  • Liam. W
                    Liam. W  1 weeks back

                    Only reason I knew who captain marvel was is because of the Lego games😅

                    • Kevin Clapson
                      Kevin Clapson  1 weeks back

                      It really didn't. It was one of the better Marvel film's, putting in a bucket with roughly 10 other movies. It was exactly like Wonder Woman, if you strip away the gender politics and the social significance that certain parties keep trying to trump up, the film was a well done but by the numbers hero flick.

                      • doe boi 9
                        doe boi 9  1 weeks back

                        It sucked.bad.

                        • Brett Peacock
                          Brett Peacock  2 weeks back

                          Errrrr..... no, it didn't. At it's very best it was..... kinda ordinary.

                          • MKL
                            MKL  2 weeks back

                            Smh I'm glad stop buying into superhero movies. It just isn't the same anymore. I will wait til Matt Reeves comes out with batman. Until then I'm good...👍

                            • Darin Teal
                              Darin Teal  2 weeks back

                              This movie ducked and the actress is not likeable in any way

                              • Bobthebeard
                                Bobthebeard  2 weeks back

                                How? with empty theatres?....

                                • Cristian Guerrero
                                  Cristian Guerrero  2 weeks back

                                  When you are paid by disney to talk good things about their movies

                                  • Jason J. Richard
                                    Jason J. Richard  2 weeks back

                                    You realize Disney was buying tickets eh?

                                    • matthew baese
                                      matthew baese  2 weeks back

                                      Notice the next 6 movies after end game, I didn’t see a capital marvel 2. Really 3 iron mans, 3 Thor’s, 2 hulks, 3 captain America, even 2 ant mans. They say she is the new face of marvel. Looks like they have intentionally hid the lead. Lol

                                      • Michael Fowler
                                        Michael Fowler  2 weeks back

                                        I went and was the only person in the theatre. I have spoken to others who went and had similar experiences. I went to the latest Thor 4 weeks in and the cinema was half full. Have to question these box office numbers

                                        • Zen Mate
                                          Zen Mate  1 weeks back

                                          You look like a reasonable guy. I don't understand how you can talk like this!

                                      • Sinlo Kemp
                                        Sinlo Kemp  2 weeks back

                                        Obviously It blew as its the jigsaw puzzle to Avenger’s End game. Everything was well planned and written add on with feminist agenda.

                                        • Rick Johnson
                                          Rick Johnson  4 days back

                                          Another insecure guy. Do you check your shorts every morning to make sure your balls are still there??

                                      • Shane Cordova
                                        Shane Cordova  2 weeks back

                                        Looper! WTF!!!

                                        • Shane Cordova
                                          Shane Cordova  2 weeks back

                                          Long story short tho movie did good because of one reason! It came out after infinity war and before endgame that’s why it did this well

                                          • Shane Cordova
                                            Shane Cordova  2 weeks back

                                            Don’t let looper Lie to you this movie was trash especially since it is what the 21 movie I believe I’d have to check but it’s close enough how this movie feel short blows my mind I defended this movie up until I went and seen it and damn I just didn’t get a vibe that she was Kool or interesting the movie made fury look like a wuss!🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️ and I even noticed that the movie makes men seem like bad people from a personal level and I honestly didn’t like that it feels like a dog at me and my whole life I’ve always been for people being able to do or be with who or what they want seems like some people had issues with a man and now all men are evil🤷🏻‍♂️ I don’t know I just want good movies not comic propaganda! I would think that’s obvious a woman can be awesome and you don’t have to Villainize men to accomplish this! I mean if they would have been subtle with there feminist opinions men fans that like captain marvel/MCU wouldn’t feel slighted just sayin seems like

                                            • Dom Grady
                                              Dom Grady  2 weeks back

                                              WHY CAPTAIN MARVEL BLEW EVERYONE

                                              • Earl Miller
                                                Earl Miller  2 weeks back

                                                Proof positive you can buy numbers. (Yawn) It blew them away BEFORE they got to the box office, and they didnt bother to show up. Real people in the flesh anyways.

                                                • Alpha llc
                                                  Alpha llc  3 weeks back

                                                  Dude it sucked!!

                                                  • Steve Whyte
                                                    Steve Whyte  3 weeks back

                                                    Was this video released by Jussie Smollett's lawyer?

                                                    • 2hip
                                                      2hip  3 weeks back

                                                      Guaranteed rotten!

                                                      • Siris Q
                                                        Siris Q  3 weeks back

                                                        fake review this was paid for pretty lame looper

                                                        • Ron C
                                                          Ron C  3 weeks back

                                                          A new chapter with stupid.

                                                          • Ron C
                                                            Ron C  3 weeks back

                                                            Watched Captain Marvel movie with wife in a empty theater. I don't understand these numbers.

                                                            • TheSimsCovers
                                                              TheSimsCovers  3 weeks back

                                                              Worldwide is huge... im from Dominican Republic a tiny country and all the theaters are full

                                                          • Mrfantastic XX
                                                            Mrfantastic XX  3 weeks back

                                                            When me and my mates went to see it the other week. It was empty, literally empty. I mean there must've been 120 -140 seats in the room but only around 15 -20 seats were filled lol.

                                                            • El Bichote
                                                              El Bichote  3 weeks back

                                                              FAKE NEWS! Captain Marvel sucks!

                                                              • ptrckpdrz
                                                                ptrckpdrz  3 weeks back

                                                                Yep, Captain Marvel blew everyone. Let's see, Rotten Tomatoes, shill access media, Feige, and the lead from the competition white knighting, not to mention ghost screenings. Captain marvel is strong, everybody and their mother has to cuddle and protect her for her to movie "succeed". PATHETIC.

                                                                • Shravan Hejmady
                                                                  Shravan Hejmady  3 weeks back

                                                                  I seriously wanted to understand why Looper thinks Captain Marvel blew everyone away. It didn't even impress Marvel fans and I'm not talking about the "fanbois". After watching this video CM still remains an underwhelming story to me even if it didn't have Endgame succeeding it. Let's face it, in fact Endgame was the only reason for CM's commercial success and it is only that. A commercial success.

                                                                  • Pershiluz Miemban
                                                                    Pershiluz Miemban  3 weeks back

                                                                    WE watched it, in the largest IMAX theater in Texas (3D), and it was a borefest, that even my hubby who is a MARVEL fanboy for YEARS, fell asleep half of the movie.

                                                                    It was AWFUL!!!

                                                                    ONLY idiots/imbeciles will say it's a great movie...

                                                                  • Rantandreason
                                                                    Rantandreason  3 weeks back

                                                                    If you think Disney buying out seats to artificially inflate the box office numbers is "blowing everyone away" then I got some swamp land in the arctic for sale, super cheap too

                                                                    • Great Scott!
                                                                      Great Scott!  3 weeks back

                                                                      Speaking as an empty movie theater, I loved Captain Marvel!

                                                                      • Shannon Johns
                                                                        Shannon Johns  3 weeks back

                                                                        You must have seen a different movie than I did LOL Goose & Fury were the only things that movie had going for it.

                                                                        • D Darcia
                                                                          D Darcia  3 weeks back

                                                                          It suckeeeeeeeddddddddddd whhhhatttt the fik!

                                                                          • Alpax Dis
                                                                            Alpax Dis  3 weeks back

                                                                            Captain marvel/miss marvel is a mediocre comic book character....the only reason people where interested in this movie is its because its right before End game.

                                                                            • Jason Dunbar
                                                                              Jason Dunbar  3 weeks back

                                                                              I enjoyed the film and it did throw up some red herrings

                                                                              • Who Knew 22
                                                                                Who Knew 22  3 weeks back

                                                                                Nostalgia helped as well

                                                                                • Matthew Tullas
                                                                                  Matthew Tullas  3 weeks back

                                                                                  The movie was ok, I dont even remember ads for Antman or antman and the wasp. I know politics shouldn't decide if a movie is good or bad but I'm sure million more could have been made.

                                                                                  • Robert Lewis
                                                                                    Robert Lewis  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Disney channel bought and paid for claims feminist half-wit was the greatest of all time. Course they purchase lots of tickets to make sure and help it as much as possible. All hail the mighty woman. Yet where is the ticket sales number? Also try that without the MCU name. But sure, they managed to get feminist to go and drag lots with them. Its easy to get hens together anyway, just say a few words on social media and you got them. The less that go to movies the more they charge which is the only reason for big numbers.

                                                                                    Boring is what it really was, like all fake fictional feminist crap is but hey, got to empower weak women with fiction to make them feel like they count. But they are total experts at lying, cheating, marrying, then divorce, suing, fake statistics, sleeping to get money and power. Its the American female way of course. All that junk is like a comedy to anyone other than silly feminist and manginas.