'Ant-Man and the Wasp' marches to US$76m launch

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Still, not every second MCU entry manages to out-do its first movie, with 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2 million) falling short of 2012's The Avengers ($207.4 million), which held the record for the highest debut in box office history for three years, before it was dethroned by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247.9 million). That means the movie might not have long legs at the box office. Will "Ant-Man and the Wasp" break through at the Oscars?

As for the rest of the box office, Incredibles 2 was able to take the #2 spot, knocking Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom down to the #3 spot. More than that, while Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne are no doubt the heroes kicking butt in the field, that doesn't mean that actors Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer weren't going to ever suit up as the original Ant-Man and Wasp, as you can see in the image below.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" easily topped the weekend, as fellow box office newcomer "The First Purge" scared up $17 million from 3,031 theaters. The film has so far grossed $772.7 million globally and will debut in South Korea on July 19 and still has yet to open in Japan, Spain, Italy and Germany.

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While the worldwide debut falls far short of many MCU sequels, Ant-Man and the Wasp has a more staggered release strategy than most, with the movie still slated to open in key global territories later this month such as France (July 18), Germany (July 26), the United Kingdom.

This is intriguing, because in a movie landscape where doomsayers constantly predict the breaking point of superhero movie saturation is right around the corner, the masked and caped genre in general, and Marvel Studios in particular, have been doing much of the heavy lifting at the box office. "We continue to be amazed by what Kevin Feige and the team do with these films". Finally, Deadpool 2 took the 10th spot this weekend with an additional $1.6 million, bringing the grand total to $727.7 million globally. Brazil's box office numbers were lower than average, which can be linked to the country's performance in the World Cup. The sequel made $5 million this weekend in China, taking its tally there to $250 million. It had a big showing in its debut weekend, but it could have been better. Sorry to Bother You also opened this weekend and earned over $717 thousand, giving it the 16th spot.

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. In five weeks, the documentary on Fred Rogers has amassed an impressive $12.4 million.

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