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.
LOS ANGELES-Walt Disney Co.'s "Ant-Man and the Wasp" took a bite out of the box office over the weekend, premiering in first place with a healthy $76 million in the US and Canada.
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. That was 33% more than the first film that focused on this mite sized super-hero, 2015's "Ant-Man".
Ant-Man and the Wasp squashed the competition at the North American box office.
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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. That could make it hard to surpass the $180 million domestic run of the original Ant-Man, which had some impressive legs, but only time will tell.
Internationally, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened in approximately 48% of the overseas marketplace and delivered an estimated $85 million for a $161 million global debut, approximately +45% ahead of the first Ant-Man.
Also opening in limited release was Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You, which landed the best per screen average of the weekend with US$44,881. Incredibles 2 has yet to open in Japan, Spain, Italy, Germany and South Korea. So far, Incredibles 2 has made $773 million at the worldwide box office. In North America, the Universal and Blumhouse collaboration bowed with $17.2 million over the three-day period, bringing its worldwide total to $42 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). In the last two years Marvel has released six films, and all of them have managed to make at least $850 million globally, with two of them making over $1 billion.
Elsewhere, Sony's Sicario: Day of the Soldado picked up another $7.3 million, taking the domestic tally to $35 million and rounding out the top 5. Similar to Solo, Infinity War brought in just under $1 million, bringing its domestic box office total to $675 million.
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Disney and Marvel seem to be on a role at the box office.
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. This still comes at the low end of expectations for the film that ranged from $80-95 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.
It also speaks to audiences.
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