Ant-Man And The Wasp US box office down on expectations

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

Superheroes continue to dominate the summer box office. Will "Ant-Man and the Wasp" break through at the Oscars?

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. More than that, while Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne are no doubt the heroes kicking butt in the field, that doesn't mean that actors Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer weren't going to ever suit up as the original Ant-Man and Wasp, as you can see in the image below. The latest is this weekend's release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the 20th installment in the MCU, which debuted with an estimated $76 million over the three-day weekend, out-performing 2015's Ant-Man by almost $20 million. Still, Ant-Man and the Wasp looks to be off to a good start as the film is pacing 45 percent ahead of its predecessor intentionally, taking in $85 million overseas, with a fair amount of global markets yet to open.

In theaters now, director Peyton Reed's Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I". That start is significantly ahead of the original Ant-Man, which debuted with US$57 million in 2015.

"We are really thrilled about the results", Cathleen Taff, Disney's head of domestic distribution, said.

Internationally, Incredibles 2 debuted in France this weekend with an estimated $10.6 million (including previews).

Even the smallest of superheroes can earn big box office numbers.

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. The sequel made $5 million this weekend in China, taking its tally there to $250 million. 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). Sorry to Bother You also opened this weekend and earned over $717 thousand, giving it the 16th spot.

Elsewhere, Focus Features' "Won't You Be My Neighbor" landed in the top 10 at the domestic box office again, drawing another $2.6 million when it expanded to 893 locations. In five weeks, the documentary on Fred Rogers has amassed an impressive US$12.4 million.

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

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