Photo: Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

The American box office has been at a low point and suffering since the beginning of 2019. For the most part, superheroes have defended the universe from all kinds of bad guys and calamities. The 21st film in Disney’s Marvel cinematic universe, Captain Marvel, saves more than a fictional world in turmoil, it cures the American box office itself. Compared to the same time in 2018, the box office had fallen 26% in North America with over two months without a single box office hit until Captain Marvel exploded into the scene. Domestically, the Marvel gem collected an estimated $61.3 million on opening day, including $20.7 million from Thursday night previews. Insiders expect the first weekend to garner anywhere from $145-155+ million which heals the box office of its stalled condition.

The amazing feat is turned into a groundbreaking one by the fact that the superhero doing all the saving happens to be the first female superhero in the Marvel universe. Although its taken 20 movies and 11 years, it is nevertheless a noteworthy achievement. It is not just mere coincidence that the movie opened on International Women’s Day. Kevin Feige, the producer of the film, delights fans by confirming, “Captain Marvel is about to take the lead and be at the forefront of the entire cinematic universe.”

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Photo: Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

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Photo: Brie Larson, Gemma Chan in Captain Marvel. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

Brie Larson Jude Law Captain Marvel Marvel Studios

Photo: Brie Larson, Gemma Chan in Captain Marvel. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

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