'Ant-Man and the Wasp' marks Marvel's 20th straight No. 1 opening

Tonya Becker
July 10, 2018

The Marvel sequel - starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly - opened with $76 million from 4,206 North American locations.

The Incredibles 2 earned enough to score a second place spot at the box office this weekend, where it pulled in $29 million. This weekend, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened smaller than expected with a soft $76 million at the U.S. box office.

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.


Sure, we've seen the original Ant-Man and Wasp in action before, but mostly through flashback sequences, such as the scene in the original film that explained how Janet was lost to the Quantum Realm.

Though Ant-Man and the Wasp isn't throwing up the same kind of numbers that bigger franchises in the MCU normally do, Disney is still quite satisfied with the numbers.

But where does "Ant-Man and the Wasp" place in the pantheon?


Looking ahead, should Ant-Man deliver on the average 2.75x multiplier for a film in the MCU we're looking at a domestic performance around $209 million or so while a performance on the lower end would be closer to $180 million. Currently, Ant-Man And The Wasp has only opened in 48% of the global markets, so we can expect its worldwide box office to grow substantially in the coming weeks.

While that figure is below what was originally estimated, worldwide markets reported healthy numbers with the biggest debut being Korea with $20.9 million, followed by Mexico with $6.7 million, and Indonesia with $5.6 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). In North America, the Universal and Blumhouse collaboration bowed with $17.2 million over the three-day period, bringing its worldwide total to $42 million. The Pixar sequel is now just shy of topping Disney's Beauty and the Beast to become the 11th highest grossing domestic release of all-time and should have no problem moving into the top ten. France quickly ranks as the sixth largest market for Incredibles 2 behind China ($48.7m), Mexico ($33.8m), Australia ($24.6m), Brazil ($15.4m) and Russian Federation ($14.3m).

Rounding out the top five were Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The First Purge, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which earned $28.5 million, $17.1 million, and $7.3 million, respectively. The studio has had a string of box office hits in 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War racking up over US$2 billion and counting, and Black Panther passing US$1.3 billion globally. If the film continues along its current trajectory it should easily break $200 million domestically, and enter the top five or six box offices of the year.


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