Ant-Man 2 Box Office Slows Down

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Ant-Man and Wasp does have tie-in to the other movies but the movie is self-contained and one doesn't have to be versed in the big picture to enjoy it.

Ant-Man and the Wasp had an impressive opening weekend, debuting 33 percent higher than the first movie did two years ago in North America and 45 percent better overseas.

The flick opened Thursday with $11.5 million - almost double that of the first movie - but its Friday, Saturday and Sunday numbers didn't hold as high, which basically means a lot of the hard core fans went to see it Thursday night. The new film also beat out Ant-Man's original box office debut back in 2015, where it earned $57 million.

Ant-Man And The Wasp made $76 million domestically this weekend beating the previous Ant-Man movie by $20 million.

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. There is now no planned China release for Ant-Man and the Wasp, likely due to the annual Chinese "blackout" of non-Chinese films that happens between late June and early September.

Looking at the box office as a whole, the Ant-Man sequel bested Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, pushing them into the number-two and number-three spots with $29 million and $28.6 million, respectively. "We think we're going to be great counter-programming for the rest of the summer".

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Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom recently charged past US$1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Now in its fourth frame, Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" just hit a major milestone of its own. The dinosaur blockbuster, which just crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, has earned $725 million from overseas alone.

Rounding out the top five in this weekend's ranking was Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which netted $7.3 million, dropping almost 62 percent from last weekend. The sequel made $5 million this weekend in China, taking its tally there to $250 million. 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.

Elsewhere, Focus Features' Won't You Be My Neighbour landed in the top 10 at the domestic box office again, drawing another US$2.6 million when it expanded to 893 locations.

The 2018 box office, which just hit US$6.5 billion, is up 9 per cent from a year ago, according to ComScore.