The newest Marvel Studios film was besieged by online trolls attempting to hold down “Captain Marvel” ahead of its release in theaters. However, it appears the newest superhero film starring Brie Larson is on pace for more than $150-million in its opening for North America.
The latest estimates arrive from a Variety report which indicates that the movie could land on the top 20 domestic opening weekend charts for all-time. As of right now, Sony’s “Spider-Man 3” is at No. 19 with $151.1 million earned in 2007. The most recent film to do better than that came in June of 2018 with “Incredibles 2” earning $182 million.
“Captain Marvel” brought in $20.7 million for its Thursday night previews, which ranks it 18th-highest of all time. It’s also the fifth-best for any Marvel movie. “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” and “Captain America: Civil War” all rank ahead of it.
As of this report, the new film has an overall Rotten Tomatoes aggregate review score of 80 percent. That isn’t nearly as good as other recent releases including “Avengers: Infinity War” which has an 85 percent and “Ant-Man and The Wasp” which has an 88 percent. The first iteration of Spider-Man as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” received a 92 percent and critical acclaim. However, the “Captain Marvel” review score is better than some had anticipated it would be.
According to a CCN report, a “Captain Marvel” boycott started by One America News correspondent Jack Posobiec, who is a conservative author. His boycott began on Twitter with a hashtag for the “Alita Challenge.” Posobiec suggested for his followers to go see the “Alita: Battle Angel” movie instead of seeing “Captain Marvel.”
This was due to Posobiec saying the film has leftist politics injected into it by Marvel, as well as the fact that he says Larson has used anti-male rhetoric in interviews. Posobiec also mentioned that Hollywood continues to put “divisive Social Justice Warrior polemic” into the content they produce.
However, the movie has survived to do well at the box office despite the negative backlash from trolls. Rotten Tomatoes even had to adjust their feature which allows comments about a movie before its release. “Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ben Mendelsohn with a runtime of 128 minutes.