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Worldwide numbers bring the film's total opening weekend sales to a whopping $455 million.

Captain Marvel box office: How much has the MCU film made?

Domestically, Captain Marvel grossed $14.1 million on 411 IMAX screens marking IMAX's second-biggest March opening.

"Captain Marvel" also topped the results for "Wonder Woman", the superhero movie that should have ended any prejudices about female heroes box office clout for good. The newest Marvel movie also continued the studio's streak: Every one of its 21 films has opened at No. 1. Conversely, it's possible that the same benchmarks drew increased vitriol from the other side, who questioned star Brie Larson's apparent dismissive nature during a press run.

"Captain Marvel" has responded to doubters, trolls and a pernicious Hollywood myth in the strongest way possible - with a monster first weekend.

Larson noted last month how movies that are landmarks for representation, like "Captain Marvel", often come with the weight of huge expectations, with a lot riding on their successes or failures. To combat the down-voting issue in advance of "Captain Marvel", Rotten Tomatoes (which doesn't require users to verify that they've seen a movie that they're scoring) removed the ability to rate movies prior to release.

"We are in the golden age of superhero movies", Bock said. "It's clear fans want all sorts of heroes".

Taff declined to address "Captain Marvel" foes but applauded Marvel and Kevin Feige for propelling a movie that expanded the Marvel universe.

In "Captain Marvel's" case, timing isn't everything, but it certainly does help.

The Avengers: Infinity War end-credits scene featured Nick Fury contacting Carol Danvers with a pager before he was dusted. "People will see any movie that has Marvel on it, regardless of who is in the suit".