The Marvel hits just keep on coming, with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” soaring to the top of the box office in its debut weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel to the 2015 superhero flick lived up to industry expectations and brought in $76 million domestically, along with an additional $85 million internationally for a worldwide tally of $161 million in its opening weekend.
Featuring Paul Rudd and Alberta native Evangeline Lilly as the titular (and tiny) heroes, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” easily took first place in the weekend box-office race, topping the weekend’s other new offering, “The First Purge”, which took in $31.1 million domestically.
“From a diversity perspective, Kevin [Feige] and his team at Marvel have continued to play up all sorts of characters, and all different types of stories. The diversity in their filmmaking resonates with audiences,” Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff tells THR of the success of the latest Marvel movie.
“‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ can’t be compared to ‘The Avengers’ or a cultural phenomenon like ‘Black Panther’, and we are thrilled with where the film is,” Taff adds.
Rounding out the rest of the top five: “Incredibles 2” captured second place (adding an additional $29 million domestically and $35.7 million internationally for a worldwide tally of $772.7 million); “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” at #3, adding $28.6 million domestically to end the weekend with a worldwide total of $1.058 billion; “The First Purge” in fourth place with $17.2 million (and a five-day total of $31.1 million); and “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” at #5 with $7.3 million in its second weekend for a total of $35.3 million.