"Ant-Man and the Wasp" squashed the competition at the domestic box office.
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 USA and Canada. The MCU sequel debuted with $20.9 million in South Korea, a 78% leap from the original that almost eclipsed the $21.2 million the original earned in its entire theatrical run there.
Movies like this one are sorely needed and are a ideal example of how to keep things simple without having to rely on linking characters to the interconnected cinematic universe. The worldwide opening marks a strong 45% increase over the global debut of Ant-Man, and it managed to put up these solid numbers without the help of a release in China, the second largest box office market in the world.
As we enter the second half of the year, and the 27th weekend of 2018, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now claimed the #1 spot at the weekend box office nine times. 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. Future openings include a July 18 release in France followed by Germany (7/26), United Kingdom (8/2), Italy (8/14) and Japan (8/31). 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. 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).
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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. Finally, Deadpool 2 took the 10th spot this weekend with an additional $1.6 million, bringing the grand total to $727.7 million globally.
Internationally, after crossing $1 billion at the global box office on Friday, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom added an additional $27.6 million overseas this weekend, bringing the film's worldwide total to $725.3 million for a global cume totaling $1.058 billion. "It's the fourth in a franchise that they happen to keep very relevant", he said. The First Purge actually opened on July 4, and pulled in $31 million from Wednesday to Sunday.
Internationally, The First Purge debuted in 26 markets with an estimated $10.9 million. 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. It opens in the final key market, Japan, next weekend.