This past weekend saw the wide release of two films: Marvel Studios’ latest outing, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and horror sequel The First Purge.
Unsurprisingly, the No. 1 spot was taken by Ant-Man and the Wasp, the next picture in the long-running Marvel Cinematic Universe, which acts as a bit of a palate cleanser on the heels of the relatively depressing Avengers: Infinity War. Ant-Man and the Wasp kickstarted its run with a $76 million domestic opening, outperforming the first film by nearly $20 million. It is worth noting that I personally pegged this film to be en route for something closer to the realm of $95 million, so very clearly I was dead wrong. Still, this is a step up from the original film, and assuming the budget wasn’t too much of a step up from its predecessor, this could be another solid win for the studio.
In second place is Incredibles 2, hitting $29.0 million in its fourth weekend, dropping only 37.5% from its third weekend. Also of note is that it managed to take in $500 million domestically. That’s right. $500 million domestically, not worldwide, which is an amazing accomplishment, and it sets it above Finding Dory ($486.3 million), who held the record for highest grossing domestic Pixar film yet. Incredibles 2 also overtook Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom this weekend by a razor-thin margin, which really drives home its staying power, even though it hit theaters before the dino sequel.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom took in $28.6 million in its third weekend, dropping 53.1% from its second weekend. While that may seem like a hefty drop (it kind of is), this film still hit $1.058 billion worldwide so far, which is not chump change. When all said and done, it looks like it’ll easily break $1.1 billion, and could potentially hit $1.3 billion.
In No. 4 is The First Purge, taking in $17.2 million in its opening weekend, though not taken into account are those numbers from its Wednesday opening, so those numbers are skewed down. As of right now, it’s taken in $31.1 million domestically, far out-earning its $13 million budget, once again proving that Blumhouse is the king of the low budget, high concept film.
The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 8, are below.
Ant-Man And The Wasp – Disney – $76.0M
Incredibles 2 – Disney – $29.0M
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Universal – $28.6M
First Purge, The – Universal – $17.2M
Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Sony – $7.3M
Uncle Drew – Lionsgate – $6.6M
Ocean’s 8 – Warner Bros. – $5.3M
Tag – Warner Bros. – $3.1M
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Focus Features – $2.6M
Deadpool 2 – 20th Century Fox – $1.7M
The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 8, are below.
Ant-Man And The Wasp – Disney – $161.0M
Dying To Survive – Multiple Chinese Distributors – $146.0M
Incredibles 2 – Disney – $64.7M
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Universal – $56.2M
First Purge, The – Universal – $28.1M
Sanju – Fox – $13.5M
Ocean’s 8 – Warner Bros. – $13.0M
Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Sony – $11.1M
New Happy Dad And Son 3: Adventure In Russia – WUZH – $10.0M
Animal World – Multiple – $8.5M
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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo