Marvel Studios is now 20 for 20 when it comes to topping the domestic office on opening weekend. Ant-Man and the Wasp won the weekend easily with $76M in North America. It also improved upon the opening of the first Ant-Man ($57.2M) by 33%.
Globally, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened at $161M. If that sounds a little low, it’s because many markets are getting the film later thanks to the World Cup. The Marvel sequel will do just fine once those remaining markets finally get to see it.
The domestic opening came in toward the middle of box office tracking, with projections ranging from as low as $70M to as high as $85M. Sure, Marvel Studios and Disney would have liked to see Ant-Man and the Wasp come in over $80M for a more triumphant victory, but this is still a win.
This may be Marvel Studios’ lowest opening since the first Ant-Man three years ago, but again, it is solid growth for this particular franchise. Marvel is clearly aware of the smaller market for Ant-Man, having kept the budget for the sequel on the lower end for the studio ($162M).
Profitability was the name of the game for Ant-Man (as it is for all of these movies, really), and so it will be again for Ant-Man and the Wasp. The numbers may not be as flashy as Black Panther or Guardians of the Galaxy, but Ant-Man and the Wasp is keeping the hit train rolling for Marvel Studios.