Ah, Peanut. You done all right. "Ant-Man and the Wasp" opened to $76,030,000, which is just a wasp's wing above its $75 million tracking.
That $76 million is a significant jump from the just-under $58 million opening for "Ant-Man" in 2015. So that's a big plus. However, it's the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to post a domestic opening below $100 million since "Doctor Strange" opened to $85 million in 2016. So that's a small minus.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" is the 20th MCU movie, and all 20 have opened at No. 1. Can't be mad at that.
Overseas, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" picked up $85 million, for a current worldwide total of $161,030,000 .
The "Ant-Man" sequel was never going to reach the lofty heights of "Black Panther" or even "Thor: Ragnarok," never mind the insane bar set by "Avengers: Infinity War." The Paul Rudd/Evangeline Lilly film is one of the (pun ahead) smaller MCU films, with a light tone and mostly standalone structure away from the rest of the MCU.
However, you'd think more people would want to watch it for its connections to "Avengers: Infinity War" and what's to come next year in "Avengers 4." Maybe those people figure they can catch up on Digital/Blu-ray later, or just read about any important connections.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" has a Cinemascore of A-, it's certified fresh, and has a Metascore of 70. Good little flick.
"Incredibles 2" just barely squeaked into second place on the first weekend of July's box office chart -- which is a win on its own. The super sequel has been stuck behind "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" for weeks. This time, it picked up $29 million vs. the $28.5 for the "Jurassic World" sequel.
"Incredibles 2" also opened before "Fallen Kingdom" in the U.S., and that helped it just reach a big milestone -- passing the $500 million mark at the domestic box office. "The Incredibles" sequel currently has a domestic total of $504,382,414, and a worldwide total of $772,782,414.
Believe it or not, that makes it the first animated film to EVER pass $500M at the domestic box office. Not "Frozen." Not "Finding Dory." Not anyone. If we adjusted for inflation, it'd be a different story. But money is money, and "Incredibles 2" is now officially the highest-grossing animated film of all time at the domestic box office.
Don't cry for the dinos, though (except for that Brachiosaurus). "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" had to settle for third this weekend, but it just passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office earlier in the week. That's thanks to the huge foreign market, 'cause it still "only" has $333 million on the domestic front.
"The First Purge" took fourth place at the box office this weekend, picking up $17.1 million. It opened on July 4 to get a head start on the long weekend, for a five-day total of $31 million.
The rest of the top 10 was filled by "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," "Uncle Drew," "Ocean's 8," "Tag," "Won't You Be My Neighbor," and "Deadpool 2."
New films "Whitney" and "Sorry to Bother You" had to settle for 11th and 16th places, respectively. But considering they only opened in 452 and 16 screens, respectively, they did pretty well.
What's coming next?
Next Friday, July 13 will give us "Hotel Transylvania 3" and "Skyscraper," with "The Equalizer 2" and the "Mamma Mia!" sequel to follow in the next week, and then "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" at the end of the month.
[Via: Box Office Mojo, Collider]
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