Marvel Studios’ smallest franchise is about to hit a growth spurt. Ant-Man and the Wasp landed on box office tracking boards this week and the film is projected to make $75 million in its opening weekend. That may be a big step down from recent Marvel Studios openings, but it’s a sizable step up from the first Ant-Man.

Marvel Studios has not had a film open under $100M since Doctor Strange in 2016. The last Marvel movie to open under $80M was Ant-Man in 2015. That film opened at $57.2M, so a $75M opening for Ant-Man and the Wasp would be more than just solid growth for the franchise.

It’s important to remember that Marvel is well aware that the Ant-Man franchise is not going reach the heights of Iron Man or Black Panther, and they spend accordingly. The first Ant-Man was not a box office phenomenon at $519M worldwide, but it was very profitable because Marvel only spent $130M to make it.

Ant-Man and the Wasp probably got a budget increase, but I’d be surprised if Marvel Studios spent more than $150M on it and shocked if they spent more than $160M. As long as the spending has been kept under control, Ant-Man and the Wasp may look like a small victory on the outside, but it will deliver big where it counts the most.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter