– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ant-Man and the Wasp has officially hit theaters in North America, with Thursday numbers finally rolling in. As the year’s final Marvel Studios film, will it still manage to pull some solid figures after the other two films — Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War — completely obliterated the box-office with over $1bn and $2bn, respectively? Well, that remains to be seen, but it sounds like it’s off to a good start.

According to a report from Deadline, the film has taken in $11.5M, which is substantially higher than the original Ant-Man‘s $6.4M haul, and slightly better than the likes of Doctor Strange ($9.4M), Guardians of the Galaxy ($11.2M) and Wonder Woman ($11M). So what does this figure mean for the film’s opening weekend potential? Let’s break it down.

Doctor Strange kicked off with a $85.1M weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy with a $94.3M weekend, and Wonder Woman with a $103.3M weekend. While it’s not exactly a one-to-one comparison when it comes to Thursday and weekend numbers, it’s safe to assume that Ant-Man and the Wasp will absolutely trounce the first Ant-Man‘s $57.2M opening weekend.

If I were a betting man, I’d say this puts Ant-Man and the Wasp for around a $95 million opening, which is well above Disney’s own $70-85M projections for the superhero sequel. Given that this is such a relatively low-key film for the franchise, the drop from Avengers: Infinity War‘s mammoth opening is understandable, but this is still quite a step up from what is inarguably the MCU’s lowest grossing currently-running franchise.

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.