Ant-Man and the Wasp lands another success for Marvel

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The Incredibles 2 earned enough to score a second place spot at the box office this weekend, where it pulled in $29 million. Not only did Ant-Man And The Wasp debut this weekend with an impressive $76 million, but Incredibles 2 retained its number two spot at the box office, causing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to slip to number three after being at the number one spot for the last two weeks.

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. Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first Marvel project featuring a female superhero's name in the title and female superhero in a lead role.

While the worldwide debut falls far short of many MCU sequels, Ant-Man and the Wasp has a more staggered release strategy than most, with the movie still slated to open in key global territories later this month such as France (July 18), Germany (July 26), the United Kingdom.

Praise seems to be strong for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which holds a promising 86 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

That is a robust 33% jump from the debut of the original "Ant-Man", which opened to $57 million and went on to collect $180 million at the domestic box office in July 2015.

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Also opening in limited release was Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You, which landed the best per screen average of the weekend with US$44,881. Overseas, the movie made $85 million, bringing its worldwide total to $161 million. The Pixar sequel is now just shy of topping Disney's Beauty and the Beast to become the 11th highest grossing domestic release of all-time and should have no problem moving into the top ten. Internationally, Incredibles 2 has made US$269 million.

Elsewhere, Sony's Sicario: Day of the Soldado picked up another $7.3 million, taking the domestic tally to $35 million and rounding out the top 5. 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.

In fourth we find Universal and Blumhouse's The First Purge, which debuted on Wednesday and finished with an estimated $17.1 million for the three-day for a five-day opening totaling $31 million. This still comes at the low end of expectations for the film that ranged from $80-95 million.

Somewhat fascinating, this is the first film in the Purge franchise to play to a male majority with males making up 54% of the overall audience.

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