Ant-Man and The Wasp Pushes MCU Past $17 Billion Worldwide

Ruben Ruiz
July 10, 2018

The Ant-Man and the Wasp opening weekend estimate of $76 million marked a roughly 25% increase over the Ant-Man debut, which is just slightly better than the 24% increase that 2010's Iron Man 2 ($128.1 million) posted over its predecessor, 2008's Iron Man ($98.6 million), and the 24% uptick that 2013's Thor: The Dark World ($85.7 million) posted over its predecessor, 2011's Thor ($65.7 million).

The flick opened Thursday with $11.5 million - almost double that of the first movie - but its Friday, Saturday and Sunday numbers didn't hold as high, which basically means a lot of the hard core fans went to see it Thursday night. On the other hand, Ant-Man opened in 2015 at $57 million.

Marvel's latest film Ant-Man and the Wasp is already in United States theatres but Indians will have to wait till July 13 to watch it. Not only did the follow-up flick - which sees Rudd's Scott Lang and Lilly's Hope van Dyne join forces as the titular superhero pair to locate Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet van Dyne (the original Wasp and Hope's mother) - earn $4.6 million more in Thursday previews than the first Ant-Man did, but it also grossed $18.8 million more when it debuted.

But where does "Ant-Man and the Wasp" place in the pantheon?

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Universal and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" recently charged past $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Gerard McMurray directed the US$13 million film, which was written and produced by James DeMonaco.

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. Solo made just under $1 million domestically, bringing its domestic box office total to $211 million. The documentary focusing on the life and career of Whitney Houston holds an A CinemaScore and a Rotten Tomatoes average of 90 per cent. Sorry to Bother You also opened this weekend and earned over $717 thousand, giving it the 16th spot. So far, Incredibles 2 has made $773 million at the worldwide box office.

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