'Captain Marvel' Becomes Highest-Grossing Film Scored by a Female Composer

Yet another HUGE record-setting thing for Marvel Studios' recently-open Captain Marvel you may not have realized; it is now the highest-grossing film featuring a score composed by a woman.

'Captain Marvel's' Pinar Toprak On Being the First Woman to Compose for the MCU

Pinar Toprak created the perfect blend of superhero and 90's intrigue with her score for the film, and we are thrilled to see this particular title succeed.

According to Variety, the previous record-holders for female-composed films were Rachel Portman's The Vow (which made $125 million domestic in 2012), and Deborah Lurie's Dear John ($80 million back in 2010).

If you missed the numbers over the weekend, Captain Marvel took in around $455 million globally, making it the highest-grossing single hero origin film for Marvel Studios, and the 6th best film opening of all time (not just for Marvel).

Variety continued with their factoids, citing a report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film revealing that  6% of the 250 top-grossing films of 2018 had scores by women, which was at least double the 2017 films, which was 3%.

We are hopeful this Marvel-ous distinction will see more studios taking a chance on female composers, and perhaps more women heading into that creative side of filmmaking.

Captain Marvel is currently in theaters worldwide.

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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