It did that and then some. The last big hit was Warner Bros.'s "Aquaman" in late December, which opened with $68 million US and went on to gross $1.14 billion USA worldwide.
But "Captain Marvel" continues a streak of box-office juggernauts about women and people of color.
Two years later, "Captain Marvel" faced heated online attempts to troll the film, with its Rotten Tomatoes audience score hitting just 27 percent before the website changed its rules last month to prevent review comments before a movie's release. With a budget of $152 million, the film has already recouped, and looks to be one of the year's most profitable flicks thus far.
The actor retweeted a box office report detailing Captain Marvel's day one performance and said, "Boom!" It took in almost triple what had been the biggest opener of the year with "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" at $55 million on February 22-24.
"Advantage of not working Fridays: nearly empty cinemas for Captain Marvel".
Brazil opened with $13.4 million, representing the second best opening weekend of all-time, 66% ahead of "Black Panther".
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Audiences in the USA and Canada for "Captain Marvel" were 55 percent male and 45 percent female.
"We have high expectations for a blockbuster like Captain Marvel". In 2017, "Wonder Woman" paved the way in hinting to Hollywood that (shocker!) audiences will still turn out for a movie centered on a female protagonist.
'You see that in their track record.
Captain Marvel released along with Sujoy Ghosh's Badla, and is also competing with Indra Kumar's action-adventure potboiler Total Dhamaal and Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon-starrer Luka Chuppi, which are in their third and second week respectively.
This makes it the fifth highest worldwide opening weekend of all time and the second highest superhero opening weekend of all time - with Avengers: Infinity War taking the top spot at an opening of $640m.
In "Captain Marvel's" case, timing isn't everything, but it certainly does help.