Box Office: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Scores Marvel’s 20th Number One with $76M Opening

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) - Box Office

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is Smaller than Usual for Recent MCU Outings

For its 20th outing, Marvel Studios regained control of the box office this weekend. Its latest superhero film, Ant-Man and the Wasp brought home an estimated $76 million.

Ant-Man and the Wasp was never expected to the event films that Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War were. An opening under $100 million, though less common now for the Marvel Cinematic Universe shouldn’t be considered a disappointment. It’s just in the shadow of two of the biggest openers in cinematic history. Granted, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the lowest opening for a direct MCU sequel. Thor: The Dark World ($85.7 million), Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95.0 million), Iron Man 2 ($128.1 million), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million) all fared better. On the plus side, Ant-Man and the Wasp was a hit with critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel received a 86%, which CinemaScore audiences gave the film an A-. Topping the original’s $180.2 million shouldn’t be a problem. Though if it plays like a Marvel sequel, $200 million may or may not happen.

Pixar’s Incredibles 2 has made plenty of history in its month-long run. After claiming the highest-grossing animated opening four weeks ago, Incredibles 2 became the highest-grossing animated film of all-time. Thanks to another $29 million weekend, Incredibles 2 topped the entire run of Finding Dory ($486.3 million) and became the first animated film to pass $500 million domestically. Currently at $504.4 million, Incredibles 2 may even reach $560 million at this point. But that all depends on how well Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation performs next weekend.

After back-to-back weekends on top, Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom dropped to third place. Down another 53.1%, Fallen Kingdom pulled in another $28.6 million in its third weekend. Compared to the 2015 film, Fallen Kingdom is falling much harder this time around. Jurassic World would’ve already passed $550 million this weekend, while Fallen Kingdom is currently at $333.3 million. A finish above $400 million is looking less and less likely. However with no other $300 million hits on deck this summer, Fallen Kingdom will take the bronze this summer behind Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2. That’s fourth for the year if you factor in Black Panther.

Despite a mid-week opening, The First Purge debuted with the weakest opening for the franchise. Mixing patriotism and murder, this latest installment couldn’t “make the Purge great again.” Opening in fourth, The First Purge took home $17.1 million over the weekend. Since its Wednesday opening, The First Purge grossed $31.1 million over its first five days in theaters. The previous films all fared better, grossing between $29.8-$34.1 million on opening weekend. Mixed to negative reception will ensure a frontloaded run ahead like the previous three films. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes graded the film a 52%, while CinemaScore audiences offered a B- grade. A flash-in-the-pan type run might result in a $55-60 million finish for The First Purge.

It doesn’t look like Sony’s Sicario: Day of the Soldado will have as much staying power as the first. The Sicario sequel fell two spots in its sophomore frame, rounding out the weekend’s top 5. Down a hefty 61.6%, Sicario brought in another $7.3 million. That’s not a good sign of beating the original’s $46 million run in 2015. Right now, Sicario stands at $35.3 million. And with three loaded weekends ahead, a finish around $45 million might be an optimistic scenario.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s

#1 – Ant-Man and the Wasp (NR)
$76.0 million / $76.0 million total

#2 – Incredibles 2 (2)
$29.0 million / $504.4 million total

#3 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (1)
$28.6 million / $333.3 million total

#4 – The First Purge (NR)
$17.1 million / $31.1 million total

#5 – Sicario: Day of the Soldado (3)
$7.3 million / $35.3 million total

Opening Next Week: Skyscraper, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Source: Box Office Mojo

Written by
Matt Marshall has been reviewing films since 2003, starting with "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." He specializes in home media, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray as well as box office analysis. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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