What We Learned From Ant-Man and the Wasp

Carla Harmon
July 9, 2018

Blumhouse makes these movies for such a small budget that nearly anything makes money, but the box office on this one might make them scale back their Purge efforts.no, I'm just kidding.

It should come as no surprise that Ant-Man and the Wasp topped the box office this weekend, and that it's another sequel that has surpassed its predecessor in the opening weekend. That means the movie might not have long legs at the box office.

The Incredibles 2 earned enough to score a second place spot at the box office this weekend, where it pulled in $29 million.

Ant-Man & the Wasp has scored a major win at the box office in its opening weekend debut! The first Ant-Man took in $519 million back in 2015 and made another $69 million in DVD/Blu-ray/Digital-HD sales.

The films that trailed "Ant-Man" hit their own milestones. That could make it hard to surpass the $180 million domestic run of the original Ant-Man, which had some impressive legs, but only time will tell. Highlights include an impressive $20.9 million opening in South Korea followed by Mexico ($6.7m), Indonesia ($5.6m), Russian Federation ($4.9m), Australia ($4.7m), Taiwan ($4.6m), Hong Kong ($3.6m), Brazil ($3.5m), Philippines ($3.1m), Malaysia ($3.0m), Thailand ($3.0m). In the last two years Marvel has released six films, and all of them have managed to make at least $850 million globally, with two of them making over $1 billion. Overseas, Incredibles 2 made $61 million, bringing its global box office total to $268 million.

Elsewhere, Focus Features' Won't You Be My Neighbour landed in the top 10 at the domestic box office again, drawing another US$2.6 million when it expanded to 893 locations. In North America, the Universal and Blumhouse collaboration bowed with $17.2 million over the three-day period, bringing its worldwide total to $42 million. 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.

It also speaks to audiences.

Internationally, The First Purge debuted in 26 markets with an estimated $10.9 million. The movie had a $33.8 million opening day and a $11.5 million Thursday night preview launch, which accounts for $45.3 million (well over half) of the opening weekend. Other openings include an estimated $2.1 million in France, $1.48 million in Germany and $1.14 million in Spain. The franchise has yet to open in Europe due to a desire not to compete with the World Cup, and when coupled with Asian markets, it is likely the less expensive superhero romp will still be able to round up a decent worldwide number.

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