'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Marches to $76 Million Launch

Brenda Watkins
July 9, 2018

"By producing so many appealing films one after the other, audiences know what they are getting with Marvel and that trust has created an incredibly consistent level of box office success".

Ant-Man and the Wasp had an impressive opening weekend, debuting 33 percent higher than the first movie did two years ago in North America and 45 percent better overseas.

The flick opened Thursday with $11.5 million - almost double that of the first movie - but its Friday, Saturday and Sunday numbers didn't hold as high, which basically means a lot of the hard core fans went to see it Thursday night. While under normal circumstances this number would be considered a win since it's up $18.8 million from the first Ant-Man's opening ($57.2 million), it is still below industry expectations for the first Marvel Studios film after the record-breaking Avengers: Infinity War.

In this edition, Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed breaks down the kitchen fight between The Wasp and some nameless henchman.

Ant-Man and the Wasp now has a $161.03 million worldwide gross ($85 million foreign). All 20 films have opened No. 1 at the box office. Globally, the film, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, has amassed $161 million.

Not only does the smaller scope work for the Ant-Man and Wasp characters, the movie feels fresh and fun since we can focus on the characters instead of escalating risks that threaten the entire universe.

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Internationally, after crossing $1 billion at the global box office on Friday, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom added an additional $27.6 million overseas this weekend, bringing the film's worldwide total to $725.3 million for a global cume totaling $1.058 billion.

Meanwhile, "Ocean's 8" stole another $7.7 million in 61 worldwide markets this weekend, for a global tally of $236.9 million. It's the first animated film to ever surpass $500 million at the North American box office, and the 12th film ever to do so. Overseas, Incredibles 2 made $61 million, bringing its global box office total to $268 million.

Also in the top five is Sony's "Sicario: Day of the Soldado". The Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin-led sequel picked up another US$7.6 million, taking the domestic tally to US$35 million.

At the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Miramax's "Whitney" bowed with $1.3 million from 452 locations.

The 2018 box office, which just hit $6.5 billion, is up 9 percent from past year, according to ComScore.

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