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Hollywood's box office was off to a slow start this year. Then came 'Captain Marvel'

Austin, Texas (CNN Business)Disney's Marvel Studios' latest superhero film was unstoppable in its worldwide box office debut this weekend."Captain Marvel" made an estimated $455 million globally. That includes an $89 million opening in China — the world's second largest movie market.The film, starring Brie Larson, brought in an estimated $153 million in North America. That blew past expectations: Analysts had forecast that the film would make about $130 million in North America.Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, "Captain Marvel" is the first Marvel film to be directed by a woman and the first to feature a female superhero in the lead. "Captain Marvel" is the 21st Marvel Studios film, going back to 2008, a year before Disney bought th ...