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

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

The Incredibles 2 earned enough to score a second place spot at the box office this weekend, where it pulled in $29 million.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is said to have opened with $76 million for the weekend, which is right on the money according to the first estimates of $75 million.

One interesting caveat to the film's domestic performance, however, is just how big the film's Friday was compared to the rest of the weekend.

It should come as no surprise that Ant-Man and the Wasp topped the box office this weekend, and that it's another sequel that has surpassed its predecessor in the opening weekend.

Ant-Man and the Wasp did make some very big strides in other worldwide markets, compared to the original. While the gender demographics are relatively similar to the first Ant-Man, the audience for the sequel did skew a bit older, as 48% of the overall audience for the first film was age 25 or older.

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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. While under normal circumstances this number would be considered a win since it's up $18.8 million from the first Ant-Man's opening ($57.2 million), it is still below industry expectations for the first Marvel Studios film after the record-breaking Avengers: Infinity War.

The sequel had the biggest debut in Korea with $20.9 million, followed by Mexico with $6.7 million, and Indonesia with $5.6 million. Future openings include a July 18 release in France followed by Germany (7/26), United Kingdom (8/2), Italy (8/14) and Japan (8/31). Overseas, Incredibles 2 made $61 million, bringing its global box office total to $268 million. France quickly ranks as the sixth largest market for Incredibles 2 behind China ($48.7m), Mexico ($33.8m), Australia ($24.6m), Brazil ($15.4m) and Russian Federation ($14.3m).

The film about two size-shifting heroes has so far made an estimated $161 million worldwide.

Also in the top five is Sony's "Sicario: Day of the Soldado". Blumhouse makes these movies for such a small budget that nearly anything makes money, but the box office on this one might make them scale back their Purge efforts.no, I'm just kidding. The horror prequel was only able to rake in $17 million. This is the fourth film in the Purge franchise, all of which have delivered strong domestic performances on very low budgets with 2016's The Purge: Election Year serving as the highest grossing of the lot, delivering just shy of $80 million.

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.


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