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Ant-Man and the Wasp lands another success for Marvel

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Diane Mills | 10 July, 2018, 09:25

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. It's the first animated film to ever earn over $500 million at the North American box office, and the 12th film ever to pull off such a feat.

The Ant-Man and the Wasp opening weekend estimate of $76 million marked a roughly 25% increase over the Ant-Man debut, which is just slightly better than the 24% increase that 2010's Iron Man 2 ($128.1 million) posted over its predecessor, 2008's Iron Man ($98.6 million), and the 24% uptick that 2013's Thor: The Dark World ($85.7 million) posted over its predecessor, 2011's Thor ($65.7 million).

That was enough to give it the top spot at the USA box office, and make it the studio's 20th straight number one opening. The film saw a 53 percent decrease in ticket sales when compared to last weekend, but is still bringing people to the movies to check out the dinosaurs and pump their fists.

While the worldwide debut falls far short of many MCU sequels, Ant-Man and the Wasp has a more staggered release strategy than most, with the movie still slated to open in key global territories later this month such as France (July 18), Germany (July 26), the United Kingdom.

Overseas, Ant-Man and the Wasp collected US$85 million, bringing the worldwide opening to US$161 million. Similar to Solo, Infinity War brought in just under $1 million, bringing its domestic box office total to $675 million.

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The sequel had the biggest debut in Korea with $20.9 million, followed by Mexico with $6.7 million, and Indonesia with $5.6 million.

Disney and Marvel seem to be on a role at the box office. It had no problem fending off the weekend's other major release, The First Purge.

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. This still comes at the low end of expectations for the film that ranged from $80-95 million.

It also speaks to audiences.

New offering "The First Purge" launched overseas with $10.9 million in 26 markets, including $2.2 million in the United Kingdom and Ireland, $2.1 million in France, $1.5 million in Germany, and $1.1 million in Spain. 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. 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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