Ant-Man and the Wasp Conquers the Weekend Box Office with $76M

Ant-Man Mitchell Carson

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

This now marks the last in the triumvirate of films that Marvel had slated for 2018, capping off what's been the biggest year for the studio to date.

Universal and Blumhouse's The First Purge debuted early on the 4th of July, getting a head start on the weekend, earning over $ 17 million with a grand total of $31 million, coming in 4th place.

The film - starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly - earned $76 million at the box office this weekend, earning a first place spot. It was also a 33% increase over the original "Ant Man", which earned $57.2 million in its opening weekend in 2015.

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.

Ant-Man and the Wasp had a reported budget of $150 million and marketing costs are believed to be around $100 million, The movie needs about $500 million to cover expenses with everything above that being a bonus.

Heroes come in all sizes, according to the marketing for the original Ant-Man movie.

And these are numbers that will only keep growing, considering that Ant-Man and the Wasp has only begun its theatrical run. The worldwide opening marks a strong 45% increase over the global debut of Ant-Man, and it managed to put up these solid numbers without the help of a release in China, the second largest box office market in the world.

Ant-Man and the Wasp also put up a decent $85 million from foreign markets for a worldwide debut of $161 million. Highlights include an impressive $20.9 million opening in South Korea followed by Mexico ($6.7m), Indonesia ($5.6m), Russian Federation ($4.9m), Australia ($4.7m), Taiwan ($4.6m), Hong Kong ($3.6m), Brazil ($3.5m), Philippines ($3.1m), Malaysia ($3.0m), Thailand ($3.0m). "Ocean's 8" releases in Italy on July 26 and lastly in Japan on August 10.

Finishing in second is Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 delivering an estimated $29 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $504.3 million. "The "Purge" movies have pocketed over $360 million globally".

Meanwhile, "Ocean's 8" stole another $7.7 million in 61 worldwide markets this weekend, for a global tally of $236.9 million. 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.

Rounding out the top five were Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The First Purge, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which earned $28.5 million, $17.1 million, and $7.3 million, respectively. Similar to Solo, Infinity War brought in just under $1 million, bringing its domestic box office total to $675 million.

Take a look at this weekend's complete box office results, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, below.

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