Ant-Man and the Wasp lands another success for Marvel

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The film - starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly - earned $76 million at the box office this weekend, earning a first place spot.

Superheroes continue to dominate the summer box office. 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. Between the billion dollar grossing tallies for Infinity War and Marvel's Black Panther, plus the impressive $727 million worldwide total now posted by Fox's Deadpool 2, superhero movies have made up 57 percent of the total box office in 2018. CinemaScore gave Ant-Man and the Wasp an A- and Rotten Tomatoes now has the movie at an 86 percent Fresh Rating.

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.

Globally, Ant-Man and the Wasp debuted with $85 million from international markets, giving the sequel a worldwide opening of $161 million, adding to the $17 billion global haul of all the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ant-Man and the Wasp had a reported budget of $150 million and marketing costs are believed to be around $100 million, The movie needs about $500 million to cover expenses with everything above that being a bonus.

Overall, expectations are high for Ant-Man And The Wasp, which is amazingly the third Marvel Studios release in 2018 (though it is also the last). The global opening marks a strong 45% increase over the worldwide 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.

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Even though Hank Pym isn't the focal point of the Ant-Man films, as one might have initially expected going off of comic lore, that hasn't diminished the role that either he or Janet van Dyne have played in both the original film and its most recent sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Cathleen Taff, Disney's head of domestic distribution, told Variety, "We are really thrilled about the results".

Solo: A Star Wars Story fell from number nine to number fourteen at the U.S. box office.

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.

At the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Miramax's "Whitney" bowed with $1.3 million from 452 locations. Boots Riley's film brought in $717,302 when it opened in 16 theaters.

"Incredibles 2" opened in France with $9.9 million, marking the second highest opening for a Pixar release behind "Finding Nemo". The 2018 box office as a whole, which just hit $6.5 billion, is up 9 percent from previous year, according to ComScore.

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