Ant-Man 2 Box Office Slows Down

Ant-Man 2 Box Office Slows Down

Ant-Man 2 Box Office Slows Down

Ant-Man & the Wasp has scored a major win at the box office in its opening weekend debut! It's the first animated film to ever earn over $500 million at the North American box office, and the 12th film ever to pull off such a feat. 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). Other top territories were Russian Federation ($4.9 million), Australia ($4.7 million), and Taiwan ($4.6 million). While the Ant-Man and the Wasp opening weekend did manage to exceed the debut of its predecessor, the increase wasn't quite as big as other second movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Cast member Paul Rudd at the premiere of the movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp" in Los Angeles June 25, 2018.

"I remember going to see an early screening of Civil War and talking to [directors Anthony and Joe Russo] and to [screenwriters Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely - who I don't know had completely thought this through or really even cared", Reed told The Verge. "On that level, we don't want to top Thanos".

The 2018 box office, which just hit US$6.5 billion, is up 9 per cent from past year, according to ComScore.

The 20th movie in the MCU still ranks among the lower echelon of the MCU franchise, the 16th highest debut out of 20 movies, while Ant-Man ranks as the 19th highest debut with $57.2 million, just ahead of the lowest debut of $55.4 million set by The Incredible Hulk in 2008. CinemaScore gave Ant-Man and the Wasp an A- and Rotten Tomatoes now has the movie at an 86 percent Fresh Rating.

It also speaks to audiences. 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.

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

Taff also pointed to Lily as Marvel's first female title character.

This is intriguing, because in a movie landscape where doomsayers constantly predict the breaking point of superhero movie saturation is right around the corner, the masked and caped genre in general, and Marvel Studios in particular, have been doing much of the heavy lifting at the box office. There is now no planned China release for Ant-Man and the Wasp, likely due to the annual Chinese "blackout" of non-Chinese films that happens between late June and early September.

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