To date, the first 19 titles have earned a jaw-dropping $17 billion at the global box office, making it the highest-grossing film franchise of all-time. With the movie continuing to open wider in the coming weeks, the Mr. Rogers pic could stick around even longer and challenge March of the Penguins or Fahrenheit 9/11 with nine and six weeks in the top ten respectively. Will "Ant-Man and the Wasp" break through at the Oscars? Between the billion dollar grossing tallies for Infinity War and Marvel's Black Panther, plus the impressive $727 million worldwide total now posted by Fox's Deadpool 2, superhero movies have made up 57 percent of the total box office in 2018.
Although Ant-Man and the Wasp's numbers are nowhere near as impressive as those of both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, which both exceeded expectations earlier this year, the sequel did manage to improve upon its predecessor.
All thanks to an impressive debut pull of $76 million at the domestic box office, the Ant-Man sequel landed at the top spot among moviegoers, seeing an increase of 33% in comparison to the $57.32 million that the original film pulled in 2015. Still, Ant-Man and the Wasp looks to be off to a good start as the film is pacing 45 percent ahead of its predecessor intentionally, taking in $85 million overseas, with a fair amount of worldwide markets yet to open.
Warning: This article contains slight spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will most certainly be on track to exceed the $180.2 million domestic, $339.1 million foreign and $519.3 million worldwide marks put up by the original Ant-Man, likely topping out between $250 million and $300 million domestic and $700 million and $750 million worldwide.
The biggest factor for Ant-Man and The Wasp not doing better in the U.S. is the juggernaut Pixar film, Incredibles 2, which was the top box office draw since its debut on June 15.
"We are really thrilled about the results", Cathleen Taff, Disney's head of domestic distribution, said. Internationally, Incredibles 2 has made US$269 million.
Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom recently charged past US$1 billion at the worldwide box office. Another debut for the weekend is Roadside Attractions and Miramax's Whitney, which brought in $1.3 million from 452 locations for the 11th spot on the list. It had a big showing in its debut weekend, but it could have been better. Boots Riley's film brought in $717,302 when it opened in 16 theaters.
The movie takes place two years after Captain America: Civil War and a few days prior to the events of Avengers: Infinity War.