The alleged review bombing of Captain Marvel wasn’t enough to prevent Disney’s latest film from becoming another box-office success: film journalists, who have spent weeks defending the film from a so-called “sexist smear campaign,” are now gloating over the movie’s $455M worldwide haul. It remains to be seen just how far Carol Danvers can fly, however, as Captain Marvel has prompted some of the worse reviews for a Marvel film to date, as well as a 57% Audience Score. (That score reportedly sunk to 33% before Rotten Tomatoes removed thousands of reviews due to a “bug.”) So, no, the opening night bombardment of aggressively negative user reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDB were not indicative of the general moviegoing populace. I know, I'm just as shocked—shocked—as you are. For what it's worth, this is the fifth-biggest female-led debut weekend of all time, behind only (again, sans inflation and 3-D bumps) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($158 million in 2013 sans 3-D), Beauty and the Beast ($174m in 2017), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220m in 2017) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248m in 2015).