It’s another Monday, another Box Office Rant, and another weekend with a Disney movie #1 at the box office. As we enter the 27th weekend of 2018, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has claimed #1 at the box office nine times, and now with the twentieth entry in the MCU, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” has debuted with $76 million. Out-performing “Ant-Man” by nearly $20 million, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” delivered a surprising opening weekend that seemed to stem mostly from its Friday performance. It accounted for 44.5% of its overall weekend gross, the largest in MCU history, ahead of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (44.1%).
Receiving an “A-” Cinemascore from opening weekend audiences and with the audience demographics relatively similar to the first film, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” seems to be that solid base hit that Marvel Studios needs to end out the year on a high. With “Black Panther” scoring a massive $699 million domestic total and a $1.3 billion gross worldwide and “Avengers: Infinity War” racking up $674 million domestically and trailing the third all-time record spot by a mere $28 million in its 10th week with $2.040 billion to its worldwide total.
With the possibility of a $209 million domestic total, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” should be another success for Marvel in the United States. Internationally, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opened in approximately 48% of the foreign markets, delivering an estimated $85 million from across the seas. Debuting with a $161 million at the global box office, about 45% higher than the last film. Future releases include France on July 18th, followed by Germany, U.K. Japan, and Italy in the weeks following.
Second place goes to “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” in its third weekend; the film dropped off by 53% from the previous, delivering $28.6 million over the weekend. Pushing $333 million with its domestic numbers, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” isn’t landing as hard with domestic audiences, but worldwide audiences are providing the film with a large helping hand.
Crossing $1 billion at the global box office on Friday, adding an additional $27.6 million from overseas and bringing it's international total to $725 million, making international markets responsible for 68.6% of its total gross, a scary sign to see that feels reminiscent of Paramount’s and Dreamwork’s “Transformers” franchise.
Third place went to “Incredibles 2” which became the highest grossing animated film in domestic markets, surpassing the $500 million mark. Just shy of topping their Disney family member, “Beauty and the Beast,” it has become the 11th highest grossing domestic release of all-time. Delivering an additional $29 million over the weekend, the long-awaited Pixar sequel seems to be another home run for the highest grossing studio of the decade.
Internationally, “Incredibles 2” debuted in France this weekend with $10.6 million, becoming the sixth largest market for “Incredibles 2” in the foreign markets, following behind China. Grossing $727 million from overseas, “Incredibles 2” is stomping its way to an $800 million worldwide total, but still has yet to open in Spain, Italy, Japan, and Germany.
In fourth, we find Blumhouse’s “The First Purge,” which debuted on Wednesday and finished out the weekend with a $17.1 million total from the weekend and a five day total of $31 million. As the fourth film in the franchise, all of which delivered strong domestic performances on low-budgets, with the “Purge: Election Year” being the standout. With a soft “B-” Cinemascore, the film’s low-budget will be a helping hand in turning a substantial profit.
Rounding out the top five is “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” which dipped a hefty 61.6%, underperforming with $7.3 million for a domestic cume that stands at $35.3 million as it begins its second week of release. “Ocean’s 8” delivered an additional $5.28 million as it places itself in seventh place, and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” expands into 893 locations, landing in the ninth position with $2.59 million. “Ocean’s 8” domestic total now sits at $126 million and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” totals at $12.38 million, as smaller films like “Whitney” ($1.25 million) and “Sorry to Bother You” ($717,302) opened with substantial numbers as small films continue to soar.
The coming weekend holds “Skyscraper” and “Hotel Transylvania 3” in its wings, Dwayne Johnson could give what looks like a mediocre movie a substantial boost but the year still seems insanely great for movie audiences, with box office numbers soaring past expectations.