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In North America, specifically, Marvel and Disney's comic adaptation made history by surpassing the $103 million grossed by DC's Wonder Woman on its first weekend to become the biggest movie debut featuring a woman in the lead role.

Actress Brie Larson, star of "Captain Marvel", appeared at a movie theatre Saturday night in Clifton, New Jersey, about 10 miles (16 kilometres) west of NY. Not bad for Marvel's first movie with a female lead, right?

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This makes it the fifth highest global 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.

It's the sixth largest worldwide debut ever.

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. It was even bigger internationally, raking in $302 million worldwide for a grand total of $455 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend.

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"What they believe is that the more you diversify perspective and experience in front of and behind the camera, the better the movies and the stories are", said Taff of Marvel.

It's been a sluggish start to the year at the movies. Decked out in a custom Juicy Couture Captain Marvel jumpsuit mirroring her costume on the film, Larson sipped on a cup with her face on her on it as she went in to surprise the audience.

Audiences in the US and Canada for "Captain Marvel" were 55 percent male and 45 percent female. Vincent D'Onofrio's directorial debut, "The Kid", was largely overlooked by moviegoers. The film stars Julianne Moore and a middle-aged Los Angeles divorcee.