'Ant-Man and the Wasp' marks Marvel's 20th straight No. 1 opening

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"Ant-Man and the Wasp" flew to a worldwide opening of $161 million, including $85 million internationally. While under normal circumstances this number would be considered a win since it's up $18.8 million from the first Ant-Man's opening ($57.2 million), it is still below industry expectations for the first Marvel Studios film after the record-breaking Avengers: Infinity War. So that's a big plus. Across 20 films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought in US$17 billion globally. So that's a small minus.

Cast member Paul Rudd attends the premiere of the movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 25, 2018. Can't be mad at that.

Disney and Marvel knew they had a hit on their hands when Ant-Man and the Wasp earned $11.5 million from Thursday night preview showings alone. You've got epic, heroic, cool, grandiose, and dark... and then you've got Ant-Man.

This of course can mean only one thing: more sequels!

The movie takes place two years after Captain America: Civil War and a few days prior to the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Maybe those people figure they can catch up on Digital/Blu-ray later, or just read about any important connections. Reviews were good (86 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences gave it an A-minus CinemaScore. Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" picked up another $35.7 million overseas and $29 million domestically for a global weekend total of $64.7 million. The super sequel has been stuck behind "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" for weeks. In four weeks, the blockbuster has earned $772.2 million worldwide.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom recently charged past US$1 billion at the worldwide box office. "The Incredibles" sequel now has a domestic total of $504,382,414, and a worldwide total of $772,782,414.


But that was enough to push it past "Finding Dory" as the top-grossing animated film of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Not anyone. If we adjusted for inflation, it'd be a different story.

Lilly, known for her role on science-fiction television series "Lost", said she worked with stunt women to distinguish the Wasp's moves from those of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow or Marvel's male superheroes.

Don't cry for the dinos, though (except for that Brachiosaurus). That's thanks to the huge foreign market, 'cause it still "only" has $333 million on the domestic front.

Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Peña as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Judy Greer as Maggie, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as the Ghost, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne.

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.

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