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Weekend Box Office: Captain Marvel is still beating the crap out of everyone

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Shocking no one, save for possibly that dummy Yon-Rogg, Captain Marvel maintained its spot atop the box office this weekend, pulling in $69.3 million and demonstrating yet again why it’s generally a good idea to stay out of Marvel’s way when scheduling your own movie’s release.


That performance is above the curve when it comes to Marvel’s normal second-weekend showing, as it made more than the average 56 percent drop the superhero studio sees following the usual blockbuster opening weekend. Or, to put it another way, Captain Marvel made more in its second weekend than the first Thor did its opening weekend. That should make everyone involved with the Brie Larson-starring flick feel pretty good, and possibly even overcome the fact that scoring a climactic fight scene to “Just A Girl” is more fun in theory than it was in practice. That nets it more than $266 million domestically in just 1o days, and exceeding three-quarters of a billion dollars internationally.

Elsewhere, a few newcomers performed above expectations, perhaps riding Carol Danvers’ heroic coattails to success. Wonder Park, the very odd movie about a fantasy amusement park, managed to overcome its lack of a credited director and pull in $16 million, largely from families looking for the next two-hour distraction. And The Extra Deadly Fault In Our Stars, more commonly known as Five Feet Apart, raked in $13.1 million, good enough for third place, though not good enough to make people forget The Fault In Our Stars is widely available on streaming and home video. (Still, it received an “A+” CinemaScore from the under-18 half of its audience and an “A” overall, so it’ll probably stick around awhile longer.)

Four place was claimed in a breath of fire by How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, earning $9.3 million in its fourth week of release, while Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, wheezed and stereotyped its way into fifth place with $8 million. The big failure of the weekend was Focus Features’ Captive State, which despite a late blitz of advertising couldn’t shake the impression of being a Battle: Los Angeles-type dud. It’s a suspicion that turned out to be proven right, given audiences awarded it a “C-” CinemaScore—the equivalent of saying, “Yo, this fucking sucks.”

When it came to a couple smaller but superior movies to Captive State, the news was about as expected: The Mustang (go see it!) pulled in $76,000 from four theaters, and Jia Zhangke’s Ash is The Purest White (go see it!) took $45,150 from seven theaters. Meanwhile, the humdrum fucking of The Aftermath was enough to earn it $57,500 from five theaters, and The Hummingbird Project flapped its little wings at four theaters and brought in the oddly specific amount of $36,027.

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo.

Alex McLevy is a writer and editor at The A.V. Club, and would kindly appreciate additional videos of robots failing to accomplish basic tasks.