‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Us’ helped a struggling 2019 box office rebound for the second-biggest March of all time

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  • This year’s March box office was the second-biggest of all time, only behind 2017.
  • “Captain Marvel” and “Us” helped rebound a slow start to the 2019 box office, according to IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo.
  • “Green Book” also saw a boost after it won best picture at the Oscars in February.

After a lacklustre first two months of the year, March helped lead the 2019 box office in a positive direction.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster, “Captain Marvel,” made $US354 million and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” follow-up, “Us,” made $US127.8 million in March, according to data provided to Business Insider by IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo.

“All told, March helped turn the tables on what was a slower start to 2019, outperforming grosses in 2018 and delivering the second-largest March of all-time, driven by the highest-grossing domestic release of the year so far, ‘Captain Marvel’ ($US354 million domestic gross in its first 24 days of release), and ‘Us’ (which delivered the second-largest opening of all-time for a live-action, original feature),” Box Office Mojo editor Brad Brevet said in a statement.

The largest March at the box office of all time was in 2017 with $US1.2 billion, when movies like Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake, the “X-Men” spin-off “Logan,” and “Kong: Skull Island” hit theatres.

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The domestic box office in 2018 was the biggest of all time with nearly $US12 billion, thanks to “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” “Incredibles 2,” and more.

“April is likely to also help narrow the divide between this year and last year with highly anticipated titles such as ‘Hellboy,’ ‘Shazam!,’ and ‘Pet Sematary’ as well as ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ which could once again deliver a record-breaking opening for Marvel,” Brevet added.

“Green Book” was the 10th biggest money-maker in March, with $US13.3 million, according to Box Office Mojo (it’s made $US34 million domestically, total). While the movie opened in a limited release last year and received a wide release in January, it got a big boost from February’s Oscars, when it won the award for best picture.

Below are the top 10 movies at the box office in March, according to IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo:

1. “Captain Marvel” – $US354 million

2. “Us” – $US127.8 million

3. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” – $US85.5 million

4. “A Madea Family Funeral” – $US70 million

5. “Dumbo” – $US46 million

6. “Wonder Park” – $US38 million

7. “Five Feet Apart” – $US35.8 million

8. “Alita: Battle Angel” – $US19.7 million

9. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” – $US19.6 million

10. “Green Book” – $US13.3 million

Below are the top 10 most anticipated movies of April, according to IMDbPro’s weekly MOVIEmeter rankings, which is based on page views:

1. “Avengers: Endgame” – April 26

2. “Hellboy” – April 12

3. “Shazam!” – April 5

4. “Pet Sematary” – April 5

5. “Under the Silver Lake” – April 19

6. “After” – April 12

7. “The Curse of La Llorona” – April 19

8. “High Life” – April 5

9. “Breakthrough” – April 17

10. “Mary Magdalene” – April 12