‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

The global launch for the 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents the biggest ever for a female-fronted film — surpassing 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast ($357 million) — as well as the second-largest for any superhero movie behind last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” ($640.5 million). Overall, it’s the sixth-best worldwide debut of all time, and the international opening of $302 million is the fifth-biggest ever ahead of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($281 million).

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Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor make two-picture deal with Netflix

Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor make two-picture deal with Netflix

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (“Room,” “Captain Marvel”) and Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor (“A Star Is Born”) have made a two-picture worldwide rights deal at Netflix for films produced by Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment. “Unicorn Store” will premiere on Netflix April 5, which means Larson is going to have a big spring.

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Scarlett Johansson reportedly scores $15 million payday for Black Widow movie

Scarlett Johansson reportedly scores $15 million payday for Black Widow movie

After punching, kicking and flipping through six movies as Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson is finally getting a $15 million payday for her upcoming stand-alone film centered on the Marvel superheroine, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That salary is what Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor got for “Captain America: Civil War” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” respectively.

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‘Captain Marvel’ trailer earns 109 million global views in 24 hours

‘Captain Marvel’ trailer earns 109 million global views in 24 hours

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson”), “Captain Marvel” is the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first to have a woman in the director’s chair (or at least half of the team). The movie chronicles how Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Jessica Chastain stands firm on equal pay, Uma Thurman to lead Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury, Amy Adams to receive American Cinematheque Award, ‘Captain Marvel’ gets directing team

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Jessica Chastain stands firm on equal pay, Uma Thurman to lead Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury, Amy Adams to receive American Cinematheque Award, ‘Captain Marvel’ gets directing team

Jessica Chastain stands firm on equal pay, Uma Thurman to lead Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury, Amy Adams to receive American Cinematheque Award, and ‘Captain Marvel’ gets directing team.

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Brie Larson and ‘Kong: Skull Island’ give King Kong’s leading lady a much-needed upgrade

Brie Larson and ‘Kong: Skull Island’ give King Kong’s leading lady a much-needed upgrade

The “King Kong” reimagining “Kong: Skull Island” gives the main female character – played by Oscar winner Brie Larson – an overhaul nearly as dramatic as the supersizing of the gigantic gorilla.

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Awards season update: ‘La La Land’ keeps dancing, ‘Moonlight’ still shining, ‘Kubo’ makes history

Awards season update: ‘La La Land’ keeps dancing, ‘Moonlight’ still shining, ‘Kubo’ makes history

Last weekend’s Golden Globes established La La Land as a clear front-runner — closely followed by Moonlight — in upcoming races for the prestigious awards doled out by the DGA, PGA, BAFTA and, ultimately, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nominations have been announced by all but the Academy. To see how they compare, read on…

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Femme-centric STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS dominates box-office over Golden Globes earner THE REVENANT

Femme-centric STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS dominates box-office over Golden Globes earner THE REVENANT

Star Wars: The Force Awakens took top North American box office for its fourth weekend, grossing $41.6 million from 4,134 theaters for a total $812 million. It’s the first movie to cross $800 million in the U.S., and it’s got a female leading character who is central to the plot. This is the third year in a row that the top-grossing movie of the year has featured a female main character. It even bested this year’s Golden Globes big winner, the gritty mostly-male survival tale, The Revenant, and other Golden Globe grabbers.

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