'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Buzzes to No. 1

Monday, 09 Jul, 2018

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" is Marvel's third and final film in 2018 and caps off the biggest year at the box office for Disney's superhero studio.

Ant-Man and the Wasp now has a $161.03 million worldwide gross ($85 million foreign).

Based on his recent comments to Tech Crunch, director Peyton Reed certainly doesn't feel too bothered about working in the shadow of the previous Marvel movie, explaining that he wasn't trying to top Infinity War but rather do something a little different. While the gender demographics are relatively similar to the first Ant-Man, the audience for the sequel did skew a bit older, as 48% of the overall audience for the first film was age 25 or older. The acclaimed first film came in slightly lower with an 82 percent Rotten Tomatoes average.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is said to have opened with $76 million for the weekend, which is right on the money according to the first estimates of $75 million. Other top territories were Russian Federation ($4.9 million), Australia ($4.7 million), and Taiwan ($4.6 million). Incredibles 2 has yet to open in Japan, Spain, Italy, Germany and South Korea.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" recently charged past $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The Pixar sequel is now just shy of topping Disney's Beauty and the Beast to become the 11th highest grossing domestic release of all-time and should have no problem moving into the top ten.

Meanwhile, "Ocean's 8" stole another $7.7 million in 61 worldwide markets this weekend, for a global tally of $236.9 million. France quickly ranks as the sixth largest market for Incredibles 2 behind China ($48.7m), Mexico ($33.8m), Australia ($24.6m), Brazil ($15.4m) and Russian Federation ($14.3m).

Overseas, Ant-Man and the Wasp collected US$85 million, bringing the worldwide opening to US$161 million.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" scored $27.6 million from 86 global territories. 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. The latest MCU production also continued the trend in topping the box office during its opening weekend, a feat that every movie in the MCU has accomplished.

In fourth we find Universal and Blumhouse's The First Purge, which debuted on Wednesday and finished with an estimated $17.1 million for the three-day for a five-day opening totaling $31 million. The Purge movies have pocketed over US$360 million globally.

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 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.