‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ give Marvel 20 #1 consecutive debuts

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Although the numbers are a little below predictions, there was nothing small about Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp’s weekend gross as the sequel did rake in $76.5 million at the domestic box office. This is still 33% higher than the original back in 2015. Globally, Peyton Reed’s film currently sits at $161 million. This all according to comScore.

The film, which was made on a smaller budget than many of its brother films, received an A- according to Cinemascore.

Marvel of course is under the Disney umbrella, which continues to dominate the box office. Coming in second-place was America’s favorite superhero family (Fantastic Four- who?) Incredibles 2. It’s notable that the sequel to the 14-year-old film just crossed the $500-million mark in the U.S.— a first for an animated movie, which makes it the highest grossing big-screen cartoon ever.

The First Purge landed in fourth place, below Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, gobbled another $28 million in its third weekend of release; its $333 million intake lands it safely in the “giant hit” department.

Pretty interesting that the top five films are all sequels. Makes one wonder where any original films are especially when you consider the next 5 contain two more sequels – Ocean’s 8 and Deadpool 2.

ComScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Disney’s presentation of Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ enjoyed a solid $76 million North American debut, ranking #1 for the weekend to become the 20th consecutive #1 debut out of 20 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while internationally collecting $85 million for a global opening weekend of $161 million.

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 8, are below.

Ant-Man And The Wasp – Disney – $76.0M
Incredibles 2 – Disney – $29.0M
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Universal – $28.6M
First Purge, The – Universal – $17.1M
Sicario: Day Of The Soldado – Sony – $7.3M
Uncle Drew – Lionsgate – $6.6M
Ocean’s 8 – Warner Bros. – $5.3M
Tag – Warner Bros. – $3.1M
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Focus Features – $2.6M
Deadpool 2 – 20th Century Fox – $1.7M
Whitney – Roadside Attractions – $1.3M
Sanju – Fox International Productions – $1.2M

Dergarabedian added that this weekend’s results brought the MCU’s combined global box office to $17.06 billion across 20 films. Notably, in China, the hit comedy Dying To Survive, by first-time feature director Muye Wen, earned an impressive $146 million in its debut with $192 million banked to date.”

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 8, are below.

Ant-Man And The Wasp – Disney – $161.0M
Dying To Survive – Multiple Chinese Distributors – $146.0M
Incredibles 2 – Disney – $64.7M
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Universal – $56.2M
First Purge, The – Universal – $28.1M
Sanju – 20th Century Fox – $13.5M
Ocean’s 8 – Warner Bros. – $13.0M
Sicario: Day Of The Soldado – Lionsgate – $10.3M
New Happy Dad and Son 3: Adventure in Russia – Wuzhou Film Distribution – $10.0M
Animal World – Multiple – $8.5M
Uncle Drew – Multiple – $6.9M
Tag – Warner Bros. – $6.0M

Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed in the table below:

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Courtesy: ComScore

 
Contact Colin Costello at colin@reelchicago.com or follow him on Twitter @colincostello10.

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