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Battle at the Box Office 3/18

Captain Marvel easily remained on the top of the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film both worldwide and domestically so far for 2019.

Captain Marvel took in another $69.3 million, bringing its domestic total to over $266 million and it now has over $762 million worldwide, putting it over Chinese phenomenon The Wandering Earth, which has made $692.6 million so far, most of it from China itself.  It’s currently the 11th highest grossing MCU movie worldwide.

Wonder Park had a stronger than expected opening, despite barely being advertised and having to deal with the fact that it had no credited director, with the original director being fired for inappropriate conduct.  The movie made $16 million, which puts it near Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Escape from Planet Earth as far as opening.

Five Feet Apart also outperformed expectations with $13.2 million.  That’s higher than recent teen dramas like Love, Simon and Everything, Everything, although it’s nowhere near the teen drama champ, The Fault in Our Stars, which made $48 million back in 2014.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and A Madea Family Funeral rounded out the top 5.  The former is now the fifth highest grossing Madea movie.

In sixth place and crushing it in limited release was the Spanish comedy sequel No Manches Frida 2, which took in $3.8 million in only 472 theaters.  It’s about the same as the first film made but the first film was in about 100 fewer theaters.

Captive State had an extremely disappointing 7th place opening with $3.1 million, putting it in seventh place on the all-time worst opening list for a movie opening between 2,500 and 2,999 theaters between the Ed Helms/Owen Wilson comedy Father Figures and forgotten poker drama Lucky You, which starred Eric Bana.

The Per Screen average went to The Mustang, which made $19,000 in each of the 4 theaters it debuted in.  The movie is about a convict who joins a rehabilitation program in prison that has him help train wild horses.

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