Brie Larson Surprises Fans at 'Captain Marvel' Showing, $455 Million Global Opening

Oscar winning actress Brie Larson spent some time at a movie theater this past weekend to celebrate the release of Marvel Studios' 21st MCU film, Captain Marvel.

She surprised fans by hanging out behind the concessions counter, handing out popcorn and sodas from containers with her likeness on them.

Captain Marvel is enjoying a better than expected box office return, with today's international (not North American market) numbers at $302 million, making it the 5th highest film opening of all time (oversees), according to Box Office Mojo.

Domestically, the good Captain brought in $153 million in the North American markets, bringing her weekend opening total to an astounding $455 million (when added together with the international totals). This puts Captain Marvel in 6th place on the worldwide opening weekend board, knocking Star Wars: The Last Jedi pack to 7th place.

Obviously those review bombs aren't having the affect the 58,000 negative ones on Rotten Tomatoes they thought they would.

Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff spoke with Variety, voicing her lack of surprise with the strong box office performance:

"With Marvel, nothing surprises me. The fans are loyal and come out. Kevin Feige continues to deliver amazing content that pushes the envelope on diversity so anyone can see themselves as a superhero."

The 21st MCU film stars Oscar winnerBrie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce (who may or may not have two names), Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace returning as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Skull General Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez SotoMcKenna Grace, and Annette Bening in as-yet-undisclosed roles. Anna Boden co-directed with Ryan Fleck.

Captain Marvel opened in theaters worldwide March 8th, which just happens to be International Women's Day.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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