'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Marches to $76 Million Launch

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Box office estimates are in and Marvel Studios officially has its twentieth straight number one film with Ant-Man and the Wasp, as the film opened with an impressive $76 million stateside. It's the first animated film to ever surpass $500 million at the North American box office, and the 12th film ever to do so. However, before that's considered an issue, while Ultron only delivered a 2.4x multiplier, Homecoming delivered a 2.86x multiplier, the sixth best in the franchise, and the first Ant-Man enjoyed a healthy 3.15x multiplier. Incredibles 2 made $29 million at the U.S. box office this weekend, bring its domestic box office total to $504 million.

Although Ant-Man and the Wasp's numbers are nowhere near as impressive as those of both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, which both exceeded expectations earlier this year, the sequel did manage to improve upon its predecessor.

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 USA and Canada. Still, Ant-Man and the Wasp looks to be off to a good start as the film is pacing 45 percent ahead of its predecessor intentionally, taking in $85 million overseas, with a fair amount of worldwide markets yet to open.

With $161 million in ticket sales and an 86 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, Ant-Man and The Wasp did what a good sequel should do by improving over the original.

Sure, we've seen the original Ant-Man and Wasp in action before, but mostly through flashback sequences, such as the scene in the original film that explained how Janet was lost to the Quantum Realm. The global opening marks a strong 45% increase over the worldwide debut of Ant-Man, and it managed to put up these solid numbers without the help of a release in China, the second largest box office market in the world. "We continue to be amazed by what Kevin Feige and the team do with these films".

Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom recently charged past US$1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Also in the top five is Sony's "Sicario: Day of the Soldado".

At the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Miramax's Whitney bowed with US$1.3 million from 452 locations. Finally, Deadpool 2 took the 10th spot this weekend with an additional $1.6 million, bringing the grand total to $727.7 million globally. Boots Riley's film brought in $717,302 when it opened in 16 theaters.

Finishing in second is Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 delivering an estimated $29 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $504.3 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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