Ant-Man and the Wasp Gets Really Big Opening Weekend

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Also releasing this week, Universal and Blumhouse's The First Purge is the latest success in the now, four-film franchise, Roadside's documentary Whitney fell just shy of a spot in the weekend top ten and Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You was a smashing success in limited release.

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

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. On the other hand, Ant-Man opened in 2015 at $57 million.

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.

Including the debut weekend of Ant-Man and The Wasp, Marvel Studios has officially grossed over $17 billion worldwide in the span of 20 films.

Cast member Paul Rudd attends the premiere of the movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 25, 2018. The acclaimed first film came in slightly lower with an 82 percent Rotten Tomatoes average. This weekend, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened smaller than expected with a soft $76 million at the USA box office. 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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Universal and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" recently charged past $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

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 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.

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. "The "Purge" movies have pocketed over $360 million globally".

It also speaks to audiences.

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