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Ant-Man and the Wasp Takes First Place Beating the First by Almost $20 Million

Ant-Man and the Wasp was a winner for Marvel this weekend with an estimated $76 million. That tops the original film which opened with $57.2 million in 2015. That’s the ninth weekend of the year’s 27 that a Marvel film has topped the box office in 2018.

What’s interesting is the film’s Friday was a higher percent for the weekend compared to other Marvel films Friday accounted for 44.5% of the film’s earnings, the highest amount for a Marvel film. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore for the opening weekend, down from the original’s “A.” 55% of the audience was male and 58% was over the age of 25.

Internationally, the film opened in 48% of overseas markets and it earned $85 million for a $161 million worldwide debut.

In second place was Incredibles 2 which earned an estimated $29 million which has it crossing $500 million domestically with $504.4 million. The film debuted in France where it earned an estimated $10.6 million. Worldwide the movie has earned $772.8 million.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom came in third with an estimated $28.6 million to bring its domestic total to $333.3 million. The film crossed the billion dollar mark as it has also earned $725.3 milllion. It stand at $1.059 billion worldwide.

In fourth place was another new film, The First Purge which brought in an estimated $17.2 million off of a $13 million budget. Internationally, the film debuted in 26 markets with an estimated $10.9 million. That’s a total of just shy of $42 million so far.

Rounding out the top five was Sicario: Day of the Soldado which brought in an estimated $7.3 million. The film has earned $35.3 million domestically and $43.6 million worldwide.

When it comes to comic film adaptations…

Deadpool 2 rounded up the top 10 with an estimated $1.7 million to bring its domestic total to $314.5 million. The original earned $363.1 million domestically ($387.4 million adjusted for inflation). Worldwide, Deadpool 2 has earned $727.3 million and the original stands at $783.1 million. The budgets are the biggest difference. The original’s was just $58 million while the sequel ballooned to $110 million. The sequel would have to cross well in to $825 million to equal the success of the original.

Avengers: Infinity War was #15 for the week with an estimated $865,000 to bring its domestic total to $674.8 million. The film has also earned $1.364 billion at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $2.039 billion.

Black Panther is still earning and came in at #30 for the weekend. The film brought in $38,000 for the weekend to bring its domestic total to $699,882,707. It’ll be interesting to see if the film crosses $700 million domestically which would make it only the third film ever to do so (not adjusting for inflation). Worldwide the film has earned $1.347 billion worldwide.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations.