'Ant-Man & the Wasp' Dominates Weekend Box Office!

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

Across 20 films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought in US$17 billion globally. With Disney spending billions to acquire Marvel, like Pixar before it and Lucasfilm after it, the House of Mouse has led the way in the last decade of doubling down on tentpole spectacle over medium-budgeted fare.

The superhero film starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly nabbed an estimated $76 million in North America this weekend.

Industry prognosticators were placing the sequel at $80 to $85 million after that juggernaut event, and while Disney set the floor for Ant-Man and the Wasp in their own projections at $70 million, this isn't exactly an exciting number for the Mouse House. That start is significantly ahead of the original "Ant-Man", which debuted with $57 million in 2015.

Hence why Ant-Man and the Wasp opening less like a box office event is slightly underwhelming, especially given that this was the superhero movie that was supposed to most get a boost from post-Avengers hype. The latest MCU production also continued the trend in topping the box office during its opening weekend, a feat that every movie in the MCU has accomplished.

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Internationally, after crossing $1 billion at the global box office on Friday, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom added an additional $27.6 million overseas this weekend, bringing the film's worldwide total to $725.3 million for a global cume totaling $1.058 billion. Everyone's favourite crime-fighting family has crossed the US$500 million mark domestically and US$700 million worldwide. Finally, Deadpool 2 took the 10th spot this weekend with an additional $1.6 million, bringing the grand total to $727.7 million globally. 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.

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.

Solo: A Star Wars Story fell from number nine to number fourteen at the USA box office. So far, Solo has made $380 million at the worldwide box office. The documentary focusing on the life and career of Whitney Houston holds an A CinemaScore and a Rotten Tomatoes average of 90 per cent. Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, and Omari Hardwick round out the cast.

That was enough to give it the top spot at the United States box office, and make it the studio's 20th straight number one opening.

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