‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Win the Weekend Box Office

1. “Ant-Man and The Wasp” Buena Vista $76,030,000
2. “Incredibles 2” Buena Vista $29,021,000
3. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Universal $28,585,000
4. “The First Purge” Universal $17,150,000
5. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” Sony $7,300,000
6. “Uncle Drew” Lionsgate/Summit $6,625,000
7. “Ocean’s 8” Warner Bros. $5,285,000
8. “Tag” NewLine $3,105,000
9. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Focus Features $2,590,000
10. “Deadpool 2” Fox $1,675,000

 

Ant-Man and The Wasp” handily led the weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. The latest Marvel movie debuted with $76 million in the US. This falls right in line with projections and slightly short of hopes, and outperforms the first “Ant-Man” by nearly $20M. The third MCU film of 2018 (and 20th altogether) brought in $160M worldwide. The original film went on to take $520M worldwide. It is interesting to note that “Ant-Man” debuted in 2015, just weeks after Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World.” Both films appeared in the top 5 that weekend, just as their sequels do now.

Be sure to check out Karen Peterson’s Awards Circuit review of “Ant-Man and The Wasp” here.

Disney/Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” holds onto second place for the third week. That sequel added $29M to its domestic haul, and has $773M worldwide. After enjoying the highest opening for an animated feature, this week it also became the highest grossing animated feature of all time, passing “Finding Dory.” In fact, “The Lion King” is the only non-sequel among the top 5 grossing animated features.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” slipped from two weeks in first place down to third with $28M. The dino sequel crossed into the billion dollar territory worldwide. In the US, it has earned $333M.

Also debuting this week was the prequel, “The First Purge,” in fourth place. The movie opened on Wednesday, which was Independence Day in the US. It earned a surprising $9M that day, and has now cleared $31M domestic. It also has $10M internationally, giving it a first week total of $41M. With a budget of $13M, this would be a decent opening, though it is a distant fourth to its predecessors.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado” holds onto fifth place with only $7M. By Sunday night, it had just cleared it’s budget of $35M with that total in US ticket sales. It also has $8M internationally, and has earned about half the worldwide total that it’s first film made in the entire theatrical run.

There are no other new releases in this week’s top ten. “Uncle Drew” finished in sixth and has a total of about $30M. “Ocean’s 8” moves into seventh with a worldwide gross of $236M. “Tag” continues to be a fledgling success with around $60M worldwide. It isn’t brag-worthy, but has double its production costs, so it is hardly a failure, either.

The Mister Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” also had a great weekend, moving up to ninth place as it expanded into additional theaters. It is now the second highest grossing film of Sundance 2018, still trailing “Hereditary.” This weekend’s numbers took it past the Ruth Bader Ginsberg film, to become the highest grossing documentary of 2018—so far.

And “Deadpool 2” finishes out the top ten. The comedy/superhero/action sequel has about $727M worldwide. It is still about $50M behind the first, but it can safely be considered a big hit.

While it opened outside of the ten in eleventh place, the Whitney Houston documentary, “Whitney,” had a respectable $1.2M opening weekend on fewer than 300 screens. But the bigger story is the Boots Riley film “Sorry to Bother You,” which debuted on 16 screens in select cities. It finished under $1M, but earned a staggering $44 thousand per screen average, was was higher than even “Ant-Man and The Wasp” averaged. “Sorry to Bother You” expands nationwide this week.

This week’s new releases include “Hotel Transylvania 3” and “Skyscraper.”

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