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Captain Marvel joins $1 billion club today

Update April 3rd 2019 – Depending on final tallies for April 2nd, but certainly as of today, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel has now joined the $1 billion box office club. Films like¬† Black Panther and Captain Marvel proves that Disney doesn’t need Iron Man or Captain America to make big money at the box office. Congratulations to Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and everyone who worked on Captain Marvel. There’s a lot more box office competition ahead, but this is a pretty amazing achievement for a non-Avengers film.


The Tim Burton re-imagining of the Walt Disney animated feature “Dumbo” has soared to the top spot at the box office. The ‘live-action’ remake with computer generated elephants brought in more than $45 million in peanuts at the domestic box office and another $71M worth internationally. That puts its worldwide opening at an estimated $116M. A little below estimates, but still pretty good for a non-tent pole film.

For director Tim Burton, this is his fifth biggest opening weekend (just behind Batman Returns) and the highest since 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

“It’s a very sweet story,” said Burton. “The idea of a flying elephant is such a simple story. I think that’s why it’s quite popular and affected people so much, because of how primal and basic it is.”

Checking in with Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel,” it fell to third place (behind Jordan Peele’s “Us”) contributing another $20 million to its US total of $335.3M. Carol Danvers is still soaring overseas as well with another $26.4M raising the international total to $637M. Add that all up and you have a global total of $990M, meaning it will hit the $1 billion mark sometime this week.

Already Captain Marvel is the 7th highest global grossing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It now stands ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” It will be a stretch to get to the sixth spot with “Captain America: Civil War” at $1.15 billion.¬† But with more repeat viewing, who knows!

If you haven’t seen “Dumbo” or “Captain Marvel” in the theater, why not? Get out there and show Disney’s efforts at dominating the box office some love. I mean you never know when Captain Marvel herself might show up.