Ant Man and the Wasp Dominiate Box Office

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” Stings the Competition

BOX OFFICE REPORT

July 6-8, 2018

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)

TOP 5

Ant-Man and the Wasp  $76.0 million
Incredibles 2 $29.0 million
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  $28.5 million
The First Purge $17.1 million
Sicario: Day of the Soldado $7.3 million

After the devastating events – and record-breaking opening – of Avengers: Infinity War, it was kind of an open question whether audiences would be up for a much lighter, lower-stakes adventure from Marvel. The answer? Kinda. While Ant-Man and the Wasp continues the tradition of MCU sequels debuting higher than their predecessors – with Avengers: Age of Ultron being the one exception – the results aren't quite as high as expected. $76 million is the lowest debut for an MCU movie since, well, the original Ant-Man, which missed out on being the lowest debut of any MCU movie by $2 million. Still, word-of-mouth and critical praise were high, and it still has a shot at $200 million. It won't have serious competition until the end of the month, when Tom Cruise returns to the Mission: Impossible franchise. (Both films debuted and finished with similar grosses back in 2015.)

Incredibles 2 held onto No. 2, with an astonishingly small 35 percent drop. It's now crossed $500 million, the first animated movie to ever do that (and only the 12th movie to ever hit that mark). And yes, Disney has eight of those 12 spots. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fell to third after two weeks on top. It also became the third movie of the year to cross $1 billion internationally, and the 35th to ever do it.

The First Purge had the lowest debut of any of the films in the franchise. But as always, these movies don't cost that much to make, and will eventually prove to be extremely profitable. It's made $31 million since opening Wednesday, and though it will drop a lot next weekend, it should still finish between the first and second films. It ended up killing Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which fell nearly 62 percent. That might mean a third film could be executed.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: Audiences bought into the hype around Sorry to Bother You. The wild comedy averaged an excellent $44,831 on its 16 screens. It goes wide next weekend.
  • Whitney continued the summer of well-received documentaries doing extremely well. The story of Whitney Houston's career and tragic downfall made $1.2 million, for 10th place.
  • While it hasn't been as big as Whitney, RBG or Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Three Identical Strangers has been a sleeper hit. The documentary added 46 screens this weekend, and has now made more than $1 million.

Next weekend:

While the Rock (excuse me... Dwayne Johnson) is still a major draw, this will be his third movie in seven months. I won't say audiences will get tired of him, but Skyscraper won't be as big as San Andreas. Standing in its way will be the power of kids who love animated movies and make their parents take them. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation moves from the easier fall months smack into the summer. Even with competition from Incredibles 2, it will be No. 1 with around $50 million. Skyscraper should top out at $30 million for third place.

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About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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