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Ant-Man and the Wasp lands another success for Marvel

Ant-Man Mitchell Carson 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' marks Marvel's 20th straight No. 1 opening
Herman Weaver | 09 July, 2018, 22:12

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. In the USA, the movie pulled in $76 million, making it the 20th consecutive Marvel film to open #1 at the box office.

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.

One interesting caveat to the film's domestic performance, however, is just how big the film's Friday was compared to the rest of the weekend. After all, their last five openings easily crossed the $100 million dollar mark on opening weekend without even trying, and Ant-Man only pulled in $76 million. However, before that's considered an issue, while Ultron only delivered a 2.4x multiplier, Homecoming delivered a 2.86x multiplier, the sixth best in the franchise, and the first Ant-Man enjoyed a healthy 3.15x multiplier.

What did you think of Ant-Man and the Wasp? 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.

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The original Ant-Man wasn't the box office killer either, and this weekend's cume is a giant increase over that the first's opening that is inline with the increase other Marvel sequels have seen over time. 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). Over the next few weeks, rollout continues in Korea, Japan, Spain, Italy, and Germany.

"Incredibles 2" opened in France with $9.9 million, marking the second highest opening for a Pixar release behind "Finding Nemo". Internationally, "Incredibles 2" has made $269 million. As per last weekend, the global estimates are not available at this time. Top holdover markets include China ($48.7 million), Mexico ($33.8 million), Australia ($24.6 million), and Brazil ($15.4 million).

Elsewhere, Sony's Sicario: Day of the Soldado picked up another $7.3 million, taking the domestic tally to $35 million and rounding out the top 5. The studio has had a string of box office hits in 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War racking up over US$2 billion and counting, and Black Panther passing US$1.3 billion globally. Solo made just under $1 million domestically, bringing its domestic box office total to $211 million. 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.

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