The Möbius Strip- All ‘Captain Marvel’ all the time, ‘Us’ premiers at SXSW

Captain Marvel zoomed in to save the 2019 box office with a $153.4 million debut and $456.7 million worldwide. That ranks for the third highest March opening, the fifth highest international opening and the sixth highest worldwide opening on the all-time charts. The holdovers aren’t even worth discussing – Captain Marvel made significantly more than three times the rest of the top 12 combined- Box Office Mojo

Captain Marvel’s success is more impressive when looking exclusively at China, where it made $88.6 million headlining the biggest March weekend overall in the country’s history. That’s the third-largest debut for an MCU film in the Middle Kingdom and by far the largest stand-alone introduction of a new character – Black Panther debuted at just $66.5 million last year. Marvel also blew Wonder Woman, which debuted at $38 million, right out of the water- The Hollywood Reporter

Also in China, they’ve gone strangely bonkers for Green Book- The Hollywood Reporter

Captain Marvel looked to be the first real success story of what has been an extremely troubled 2019 at the box office, and it delivered in a big way. After just one weekend, it’s already the top film of 2019 – Variety

Co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson talk about becoming fast friends during the brutal Vietnam shoot for Kong: Skull Island- Indiewire

Writers/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck talk about how hard they fought to win the project- Indiewire

Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who is credited on the screenplay with Boden and Fleck, and Nicole Perlman, who is given a story credit along with the other three and Meg LeFauve, talk about their process and some of what could have been- The Hollywood Reporter

Comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, who is credited with re-imagining the Carol Danvers character in 2012 into the one the movie is largely based on, talks about Goose and how the movie advances women in comic book culture- The Hollywood Reporter

The trolls have been out for Captain Marvel, but that’s nothing new for a property that’s been around in various incarnations since 1968. Tracking the more troubling incidents in the character’s publication history over the years- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes finally banned advance reviews from users two weeks ago when they came out in spades to put Captain Marvel down. After the film premiered, they were back – and many of the reviews the site thought it had initially taken down came with them. The film had 58,000 user reviews up within a few hours of its release. Rotten Tomatoes has since taken down reviews that were published before it hit theaters- The Hollywood Reporter

Here’s an extremely dumb and wrong take about why Captain Marvel not being a particularly good movie is actually a good thing- Variety

As the MCU careens toward the end of its Phase III with April’s Avengers: Endgame, completing an 11-year, 22-film cycle, competing studios have tried to start, failed to start and eventually abandoned the business model just within the series’ timespan. Is anyone else ever going to be able to do what Marvel did here? Are we going to see a series of this scale ever again? The Hollywood Reporter

While Captain Marvel was the toast of most towns, Austin spent Friday night obsessing over Jordan Peele’s Us, which debuted to rave reviews at SXSW. The hotly anticipated follow-up to Get Out will hit theaters March 22- The Hollywood Reporter

Also debuting at SXSW was Shia LaBeouf’s Peanut Butter Falcon. The always-low LaBeouf talks about how low he got while shooting the movie- Variety

Almost 30 years after the fact, and 10 years after his death, Michael Jackson may start facing consequences for his alleged predation of young boys. After the heavily contested HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, American radio stations have been cautious with his songs, and three Canadian radio stations have barred them altogether- The New York Times

A classic season three episode of The Simpsons in which Jackson guest starred has also been pulled from circulation- The Wall Street Journal

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bent over backward, forward, sideways and in strange, oblong directions to make this year’s ceremony more appealing, with almost every new change poorly received and immediately reversed. Now, the Nielsen ratings confirm that the Oscars ceremony was a distinct second-fiddle this year, with 17.7 million social media interactions against the Grammy Awards’ 26.2 million- Variety

In a new forward to the 50th anniversary addition of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, the author revealed ways he butted heads with director Francis Ford Coppola over the now-legendary movies based on his book. Apparently, Puzo wasn’t behind key plot points in The Godfather Part II, including Michael’s involvement in Fredo’s murder and Kay’s deliberate abortion of their third child- Indiewire

Miles Morales co-creator Brian Michael Bendis talks about the impact of his character, which has only grown in the wake of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s massive popularity and Best Animated Feature victoryFilm School Rejects

And finally, Empire wishes its readers a happy Easter season in the least cool way possible-

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