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

Lawrence Kim
July 9, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp received a "A-"CinemaScore from opening weekend audiences, just a notch down from the "A" for Ant-Man, and 55% of the overall audience was male while 58% of the overall audience was over the age of 25".

While the first "Ant-Man", starring Paul Rudd, had a rocky road to release due to a late director change, the rollout of the sequel, directed by Peyton Reed, was smoother.

This marks the tenth time this year a film based on a Marvel comic character has topped the weekend box office.

Solo: A Star Wars Story fell from number nine to number fourteen at the U.S. box office. After dominating the first half of 2018 with blockbuster flicks Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, the studio has now laid claim to its 20th consecutive No. 1 opener at the box office with Ant-Man and The Wasp. Industry prognosticators were placing the sequel at $80 to $85 million after that juggernaut event, and while Disney set the floor for Ant-Man and the Wasp in their own projections at $70 million, this isn't exactly an exciting number for the Mouse House.

It's two other 2018 superhero films, February's "Black Panther" and April's "Avengers: Infinity War", each brought in almost $700 million at the domestic box office. It opened on July 4 to get a head start on the long weekend, for a five-day total of $31 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.

"Blumhouse just continues to overdeliver for us", said Jim Orr, distribution chief for Blumhouse's distribution partner, Universal.

"The new chapter really taps into the zeitgeist".

Coming in third is Universal and Amblin's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which brought in an estimated $28.5 million for the three-day weekend and has now pushed its domestic cume to $333.3 million as it begins its third week in release. The Purge movies have pocketed over US$360 million globally.

Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 held tight to the 2nd spot, bringing in over $29 million, which brings the totals to $500 million domestically and $700 million worldwide. 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.

In fifth was "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" from Sony, at $7.3 million in its second week.

Befitting the summer season, the weekend's top five films were all sequels.

At the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Miramax's "Whitney" bowed with $1.3 million from 452 locations. Sorry to Bother You also opened this weekend and earned over $717 thousand, giving it the 16th spot. Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, and Omari Hardwick round out the cast.

This is intriguing, because in a movie landscape where doomsayers constantly predict the breaking point of superhero movie saturation is right around the corner, the masked and caped genre in general, and Marvel Studios in particular, have been doing much of the heavy lifting at the box office. In five weeks, the documentary on Fred Rogers has amassed an impressive US$12.4 million. The weekend was about 10 percent off the pace of the same weekend previous year, when "Spider-Man: Homecoming" opened, according to comScore.

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