Marvel Studios' hit superhero film "Captain Marvel" will rule the box office charts again this weekend, as Paramount Pictures' long-in-the-works animated kids' film "Wonder Park" braces for a rocky ride at theaters.
"Captain Marvel," starring Brie Larson as Air Force pilot-turned intergalactic savior Carol Danvers, is expected to gross about $70 million in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, following up its impressive $153-million opening. The film, which cost at least $175 million to produce, had grossed nearly $500 million worldwide as of Monday, including $325 million overseas (led by $95 million from China).
"Captain Marvel" is the 21st film from Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Studios and the first movie from the unit to feature a solo female lead. The film, which delivered a much-needed boost to the North American box office, comes less than two months before the heroine appears again in the studio's highly anticipated "Avengers: Endgame."
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The big-budget, computer-animated "Wonder Park," meanwhile, will probably open with a lackluster $10 million to $14 million Friday through Sunday, according to people who've read pre-release audience surveys. The film, about an imaginative young girl whose dream of an elaborate amusement park springs to life, cost $100 million to make, according to industry estimates.
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"Wonder Park" first got the greenlight in 2014, when Viacom-owned Paramount was trying to fill its pipeline with more animated movies after its distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation ended.
Featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Garner, the film suffered a blow when Paramount fired director Dylan Brown after complaints about "inappropriate and unwanted conduct." Brown disputed the claims.
"Wonder Park" will probably be the latest disappointment from Paramount's small animation business, which previously released "Sherlock Gnomes" and "Monster Trucks." The unit is looking for a turnaround in November with "Sonic the Hedgehog," a film based on the video game franchise.
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