Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

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

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

"Ant-Man and the Wasp proves that at this point Marvel can seemingly do no wrong", says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. 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.

While that figure is below what was originally estimated, worldwide markets reported healthy numbers with the biggest debut being Korea with $20.9 million, followed by Mexico with $6.7 million, and Indonesia with $5.6 million. Overseas, the movie made $85 million, bringing its worldwide total to $161 million. Things kicked off in February with Black Panther and continued on with the Infinity War installation, with each of those films bringing in nearly $700 million each at the domestic box office.

Superheroes continue to dominate the summer box office.

Universal and Blumhouse's The First Purge debuted early on the 4th of July, getting a head start on the weekend, earning over $ 17 million with a grand total of $31 million, coming in 4th place. 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. "The "Purge" movies have pocketed over $360 million globally". In three weeks, the dinosaur tentpole has earned US$333.3 million in North America. It's the first animated film to ever surpass US$500 million at the North American box office, and the 12th film ever to do so.

Rounding out the top five were Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The First Purge, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which earned $28.5 million, $17.1 million, and $7.3 million, respectively. Overseas, Incredibles 2 made $61 million, bringing its worldwide box office total to $268 million. Solo made just under $1 million domestically, bringing its domestic box office total to $211 million. The documentary focusing on the life and career of Whitney Houston holds an A CinemaScore and a Rotten Tomatoes average of 90 percent. Boots Riley's film brought in $717,302 when it opened in 16 theaters.

That was enough to give it the top spot at the U.S. box office, and make it the studio's 20th straight number one opening.

Avengers: Infinity War dropped from twelfth place to fifteen place at the USA box office.

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