Ant-Man and the Wasp lands another success for Marvel

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It had no problem fending off the weekend's other major release, The First Purge.

The Marvel sequel - starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly - opened with US$76 million (RM307 milion) from 4,206 North American locations. It earned $29 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $504 million and its worldwide haul to $773 million. It was also a 33% increase over the original "Ant Man", which earned $57.2 million in its opening weekend in 2015.

One interesting caveat to the film's domestic performance, however, is just how big the film's Friday was compared to the rest of the weekend.

The only downside with Ant-Man and the Wasp right now is Forbes pointing out that the opening weekend is rather front-loaded. That could make it hard to surpass the $180 million domestic run of the original Ant-Man, which had some impressive legs, but only time will tell.

While that figure is below what was originally estimated, worldwide markets reported healthy numbers with the biggest debut being Korea with $20.9 million, followed by Mexico with $6.7 million, and Indonesia with $5.6 million. Future openings include a July 18 release in France followed by Germany (7/26), United Kingdom (8/2), Italy (8/14) and Japan (8/31).

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"Incredibles 2" opened in France with $9.9 million, marking the second highest opening for a Pixar release behind "Finding Nemo". Where available, the latest global numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. France quickly ranks as the sixth largest market for Incredibles 2 behind China ($48.7m), Mexico ($33.8m), Australia ($24.6m), Brazil ($15.4m) and Russian Federation ($14.3m).

Including the debut weekend of Ant-Man and The Wasp, Marvel Studios has officially grossed over $17 billion worldwide in the span of 20 films.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" scored $27.6 million from 86 worldwide territories. Things kicked off in February with Black Panther and continued on with the Infinity War installation, with each of those films bringing in nearly $700 million each at the domestic box office. Solo made just under $1 million domestically, bringing its domestic box office total to $211 million. "It's the fourth in a franchise that they happen to keep very relevant", he said. With July 4th falling on a Wednesday and thus depriving Hollywood of a holiday weekend, Universal opted to release "The First Purge" on Wednesday, while "Ant-Man" waited for the customary Thursday night previews.

It also speaks to audiences.

New offering "The First Purge" launched overseas with $10.9 million in 26 markets, including $2.2 million in the United Kingdom and Ireland, $2.1 million in France, $1.5 million in Germany, and $1.1 million in Spain.

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