Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

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

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

With Disney spending billions to acquire Marvel, like Pixar before it and Lucasfilm after it, the House of Mouse has led the way in the last decade of doubling down on tentpole spectacle over medium-budgeted fare. Currently, Ant-Man And The Wasp has only opened in 48% of the worldwide markets, so we can expect its global box office to grow substantially in the coming weeks. In the U.S., the movie pulled in $76 million, making it the 20th consecutive Marvel film to open #1 at the box office. The latest MCU production also continued the trend in topping the box office during its opening weekend, a feat that every movie in the MCU has accomplished. Ant-Man and the Wasp received a "A-"CinemaScore from opening weekend audiences, just a notch down from the "A" for Ant-Man, and 55% of the overall audience was male while 58% of the overall audience was over the age of 25".

LOS ANGELES-Walt Disney Co.'s "Ant-Man and the Wasp" took a bite out of the box office over the weekend, premiering in first place with a healthy $76 million in the US and Canada. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film earned $76 million domestically and raked in an additional $85 million overseas for a grand total of $161 million, which is higher than the studio had initially projected. Similar to Solo, Infinity War brought in just under $1 million, bringing its domestic box office total to $675 million. Gerard McMurray directed the $13 million film, which was written and produced by James DeMonaco. Everyone's favourite crime-fighting family has crossed the US$500 million mark domestically and US$700 million worldwide.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" scored $27.6 million from 86 worldwide territories. The sequel made $5 million this weekend in China, taking its tally there to $250 million.

At the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Miramax's Whitney bowed with US$1.3 million from 452 locations. So far, Solo has made $380 million at the worldwide box office.

Also opening in limited release was Annapurna's "Sorry to Bother You", which landed the best per screen average of the weekend with $44,881. Boots Riley's film brought in US$717,302 when it opened in 16 theatres.

As for the rest of the box office, Incredibles 2 was able to take the #2 spot, knocking Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom down to the #3 spot. In five weeks, the documentary on Fred Rogers has amassed an impressive $12.4 million.

The movie takes place two years after Captain America: Civil War and a few days prior to the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

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