‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Set For Higher Box Office Than First Film
It looks like Ant-Man and the Wasp is projected to do significantly better at the box office than the original Ant-Man film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is tracking for a $75m opening weekend when the film releases on 5 July.
How impressive that is depends on your own perspective. For example, it’s significantly less than the sums earned for both Infinity War ($257.7m) and Black Panther ($202m) on their opening weekends. It’s also less than what Solo: A Star Wars Story ($84.4m) made on its opening weekend, and that movie has been famously deemed a flop by most media outlets.
But it is certainly an increase in profit on the previous film, In comparison, which made $57m on its opening weekend, and made $180.2m domestically before reaching a global tally of $519.3m.
The relatively modest figures are no surprise really. The character of Ant-Man has never been a cultural icon, and the first film was small scale and fraught with well-documented production issues, so it was never going to make groundbreaking numbers.
However, since the release of Ant-Man, which was surprisingly well-liked by fans and critics alike, Paul Rudd’s superhero has also appeared in Captain America: Civil War, a cameo which did nothing but solidify audiences’ appeal for the character.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is also about to be the first Marvel film to feature a female superhero as one of its lead characters, before 2019’s Captain Marvel becomes the first MCU film centred around a single female superhero.
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