Ant-Man and the Wasp Conquers the Weekend Box Office with $76M

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In North America, the tentpole starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly earned $76 million, making it the 20th consecutive Marvel film to open No. 1 at the box office.

Superheroes continue to dominate the summer box office. But despite seeing the two suit up as the original Ant-Man and Wasp, this is all short-lived, given the mid-credits stinger of Ant-Man and the Wasp which, as you recall, resulted in Hank and Janet, as well as Hope, being snapped out of existence due to the effects of Thanos' finger snap in Avengers: Infinity War. So far, Incredibles 2 earned slightly more than $500 million in its four weeks in theaters and took in $29 million this weekend.

With a production budget around US$162 million, Ant-Man and the Wasp looks like another win for Marvel. 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.

Ant-Man and the Wasp now has a $161.03 million worldwide gross ($85 million foreign).

The only downside with Ant-Man and the Wasp right now is Forbes pointing out that the opening weekend is rather front-loaded.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp", which opened on July 6, is the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that kicked off with the 2008 release "Iron Man".

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).

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

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. The sequel made $5 million this weekend in China, taking its tally there to $250 million. Solo made just under $1 million domestically, bringing its domestic box office total to $211 million. Boots Riley's film brought in US$717,302 when it opened in 16 theatres. Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, and Omari Hardwick round out the cast. Even more impressive? As of this weekend, Incredibles 2 is now the top-grossing animated film of all time - not adjusted for inflation - having surpassed fellow Pixar film, Finding Dory, with $503 million. In five weeks, the documentary on Fred Rogers has amassed an impressive $12.4 million.

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