'Ant-Man and the Wasp' marks Marvel's 20th straight No. 1 opening

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'Ant-Man and the Wasp' marks Marvel's 20th straight No. 1 opening

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first Marvel project featuring a female superhero's name in the title and female superhero in a lead role.

Following the strong Thursday night box office, it was speculated Ant-Man 2 could open close to $100 million, as the $11.5 million was similar to Guardians of the Galaxy and higher than Doctor Strange, but if I had to guess, there was really no word-of-mouth promotion by general fans, so nobody rushed to see it at the theaters. In the United States, 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.

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Internationally, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened in approximately 48% of the overseas marketplace and delivered an estimated $85 million for a $161 million global debut, approximately +45% ahead of the first Ant-Man. Meanwhile, "Incredibles 2" narrowly stole the No. 2 spot from "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom". 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.

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. Gerard McMurray directed the US$13 million film, which was written and produced by James DeMonaco. In three weeks, the dinosaur tentpole has earned $333.3 million in North America. It's the first animated film to ever surpass $500 million at the North American box office, and the 12th film ever to do so. Finally, Deadpool 2 took the 10th spot this weekend with an additional $1.6 million, bringing the grand total to $727.7 million globally.

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Also in the top five is Sony's "Sicario: Day of the Soldado".

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

Also opening in limited release was Annapurna's "Sorry to Bother You", which landed the best per screen average of the weekend with $44,881. Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, and Omari Hardwick round out the cast.

Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 held tight to the 2nd spot, bringing in over $29 million, which brings the totals to $500 million domestically and $700 million worldwide.

Another documentary, Neon's "Three Identical Strangers" earned $717,008 million from 5 locations, bringing its domestic tally past $1 million.

Avengers: Infinity War dropped from twelfth place to fifteen place at the USA box office.

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