What We Learned From Ant-Man and the Wasp

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After all, their last five openings easily crossed the $100 million dollar mark on opening weekend without even trying, and Ant-Man only pulled in $76 million. The latest is this weekend's release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the 20th installment in the MCU, which debuted with an estimated $76 million over the three-day weekend, out-performing 2015's Ant-Man by almost $20 million.

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.

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. Not only did the follow-up flick - which sees Rudd's Scott Lang and Lilly's Hope van Dyne join forces as the titular superhero pair to locate Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet van Dyne (the original Wasp and Hope's mother) - earn $4.6 million more in Thursday previews than the first Ant-Man did, but it also grossed $18.8 million more when it debuted.

Cast member Paul Rudd attends the premiere of the movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 25, 2018.

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Looking at the box office as a whole, the Ant-Man sequel bested Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, pushing them into the number-two and number-three spots with $29 million and $28.6 million, respectively.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom recently charged past US$1 billion at the worldwide box office. In four weeks, the blockbuster has earned $772.2 million worldwide.

Now in its fourth frame, Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" just hit a major milestone of its own. 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. The Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin-led sequel picked up another US$7.6 million, taking the domestic tally to US$35 million. Another debut for the weekend is Roadside Attractions and Miramax's Whitney, which brought in $1.3 million from 452 locations for the 11th spot on the list.

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. Boots Riley's film brought in $717,302 when it opened in 16 theaters. So far, Incredibles 2 has made $773 million at the worldwide box office. We will provide an update to the intentional and worldwide box office totals once they are made available.

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