‘The Marvels’ Tracking for $70M-$80M Domestic Debut in Latest Test of Box Office Superhero Fatigue

‘The Marvels’ Tracking for $70M-$80M Domestic Debut in Latest Test of Box Office Superhero Fatigue

The Marvels is tracking to open in the $70 million to $80 million range in the latest test of box office superhero fatigue.

The 33rd installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a sequel to the 2019 Brie Larson-starrer Captain Marvel, opened to $153.4 million in North America, not adjusted to inflation. Tracking for The Marvels varies widely depending upon the research firm; NRG has it at $72 million-$88 million, while The Quorum thinks closer to $70 million, according to those with access to data.

The last MCU title that didn’t open to $70 million or more was Ant-Man in 2015 ($57.2 million). The majority of MCU movies (or 25) have opened to $100 million or more domestically, with eight coming in at $150 million or higher. But in this climate

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There’s extra pressure on exhibitors for The Marvels to do well after Dune: Part II abandoned its Nov. 2 release date because of the ongoing actors’ strike and the accompanying prohibition on talent doing any promotion.

In the new movie, Larson is joined by Iman Vellani, the breakout star of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, as well as Teyonah Parris as the grown-up version of Captain Marvel character Monica Rambeau. The actor made her Marvel debut with WandaVision, which counted The Marvels screenwriter Megan McDonnell among its writers

The Marvels, directed by Nia DaCosta, finds the heroes linked in a quite inconvenient way: Any time one of them uses their powers, they switch locations with one another, as was teased in the season finale of Ms. Marvel last year.

Gary Lewis, Park Seo-joon, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur and Saagar Shaikh also star.

More to come.