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'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Buzzes to No. 1

10 July 2018
'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Buzzes to No. 1

Ant-Man and the Wasp drummed up a nice chunk of change during its first weekend out. This weekend, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened smaller than expected with a soft $76 million at the United States box office.

The flick opened Thursday with $11.5 million - almost double that of the first movie - but its Friday, Saturday and Sunday numbers didn't hold as high, which basically means a lot of the hard core fans went to see it Thursday night. Currently, Ant-Man And The Wasp has only opened in 48% of the worldwide markets, so we can expect its global box office to grow substantially in the coming weeks.

I haven't seen it myself, TBH, and I haven't heard anything about it from my "non-geeky" friends (i.e. nothing on my personal social media); so I think everybody has been outside enjoying the sunshine and involved with other activities. First reactions to the sequel called it "a freaking blast", and the film now sits at an 86 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with its review consensus reading, "A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and the Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser". Overseas, the movie made $85 million, bringing its worldwide total to $161 million.

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. Between the billion dollar grossing tallies for Infinity War and Marvel's Black Panther, plus the impressive $727 million worldwide total now posted by Fox's Deadpool 2, superhero movies have made up 57 percent of the total box office in 2018. "We think we're going to be great counter-programming for the rest of the summer". This makes Incredibles 2 the first animated movie to ever top $500 million, which, of course, makes it the highest grossing animated title ever. In four weeks, the blockbuster has earned $772.2 million worldwide.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" recently charged past $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Now in its fourth frame, Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" just hit a major milestone of its own. Internationally, the film has made $5.7 million, and opens in North America on July 13. The Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin-led sequel picked up another US$7.6 million, taking the domestic tally to US$35 million.

At the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Miramax's "Whitney" bowed with $1.3 million from 452 locations.

Also opening in limited release was Annapurna's "Sorry to Bother You", which landed the best per screen average of the weekend with $44,881. Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, and Omari Hardwick round out the cast. In five weeks, the documentary on Fred Rogers has amassed an impressive $12.4 million.