Ant-Man and the Wasp flies to $76 million opening weekend

Danny Woods
July 10, 2018

That was enough to give it the top spot at the USA box office, and make it the studio's 20th straight number one opening.

Ant-Man and the Wasp's first trailer showed us a glimpse of the partnership between Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) - also known as Ant-Man and the Wasp.

One interesting caveat to the film's domestic performance, however, is just how big the film's Friday was compared to the rest of the weekend. Across 20 films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought in $17 billion globally.

Heroes come in all sizes, according to the marketing for the original Ant-Man movie.

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.

With a production budget around US$162 million, Ant-Man and the Wasp looks like another win for Marvel. That start is significantly ahead of the original "Ant-Man", which debuted with $57 million in 2015. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film earned $76 million domestically and raked in an additional $85 million overseas for a grand total of $161 million, which is higher than the studio had initially projected. Other top territories were Russian Federation ($4.9 million), Australia ($4.7 million), and Taiwan ($4.6 million). Future openings include a July 18 release in France followed by Germany (7/26), United Kingdom (8/2), Italy (8/14) and Japan (8/31).

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"Incredibles 2" opened in France with $9.9 million, marking the second highest opening for a Pixar release behind "Finding Nemo".

Meanwhile, "Ocean's 8" stole another $7.7 million in 61 worldwide markets this weekend, for a global tally of $236.9 million. Top holdover markets include China ($48.7 million), Mexico ($33.8 million), Australia ($24.6 million), and Brazil ($15.4 million). The film has so far grossed $772.7 million globally and will debut in South Korea on July 19 and still has yet to open in Japan, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Elsewhere, Sony's Sicario: Day of the Soldado picked up another $7.3 million, taking the domestic tally to $35 million and rounding out the top 5.

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.

Superheroes continue to dominate the summer box office. Its five-day total sits at US$31 million. This still comes at the low end of expectations for the film that ranged from $80-95 million. The First Purge looks as if it might not climb to the same heights as its predecessors after a slightly softer opening and a "B-" CinemaScore, but given the film's $13 million budget it doesn't take almost as much for these films to turn a tidy profit.

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