Friday, 22 February, 2019

'Ant-Man and the Wasp' marches to US$76m launch

Ant-Man Mitchell Carson 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' marches to US$76m launch
Stacy Diaz | 09 July, 2018, 19:10

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.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is said to have opened with $76 million for the weekend, which is right on the money according to the first estimates of $75 million. As per last weekend, the worldwide estimates are not available at this time.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp proves that at this point Marvel can seemingly do no wrong", says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

Based on his recent comments to Tech Crunch, director Peyton Reed certainly doesn't feel too bothered about working in the shadow of the previous Marvel movie, explaining that he wasn't trying to top Infinity War but rather do something a little different.

Overseas, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" collected $85 million, bringing the worldwide opening to $161 million. That start is significantly ahead of the original "Ant-Man", which debuted with $57 million in 2015.

Sequels everywhere! And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you get ants. Similar to Solo, Infinity War brought in just under $1 million, bringing its domestic box office total to $675 million.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom recently charged past US$1 billion at the worldwide box office. This is the fourth film in the Purge franchise, all of which have delivered strong domestic performances on very low budgets with 2016's The Purge: Election Year serving as the highest grossing of the lot, delivering just shy of $80 million. The Purge movies have pocketed over US$360 million globally. In three weeks, the dinosaur tentpole has earned $333.3 million in North America. It's the first animated film to ever surpass US$500 million at the North American box office, and the 12th film ever to do so. Finally, Deadpool 2 took the 10th spot this weekend with an additional $1.6 million, bringing the grand total to $727.7 million globally.

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.

At the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Miramax's "Whitney" bowed with $1.3 million from 452 locations. The 2018 box office as a whole, which just hit $6.5 billion, is up 9 percent from previous year, according to ComScore.