Box Office: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP opens with $76M on hot Independence Day weekend!

The Marvel Studios sequel ANT-MAN AND THE WASP scored nearly $80 million on opening weekend, but in a rare move for Marvel, it was a case of underperformance. Most had pegged the INFINITY WAR follow-up for an opening in the range of $80 million to $85 million, which would put it in line with the performance of THOR: THE DARK WORLD’s $85 million opening. However, even after a solid Friday debut, it appears ANT-MAN AND THE WASP has come in just a bit under with a weekend estimate around $76 million. That’s still nearly $20 million above the first ANT-MAN’s $57 million opening weekend, an improvement of about 33%.

The film certainly didn’t suffer from bad buzz. The reviews were kind to director Peyton Reed’s more assured follow-up, and it received an A- CinemaScore from audiences. The primary reason for this underperformance is likely a massive heat wave affecting the entire United States.

This certainly isn’t doom and gloom—the film only missed projections by $4 million. But it’s so rare that a Marvel movie underperforms that it’s notable, and it’ll be interesting to see how the film performs in the weeks ahead. Keep in mind that once actual numbers come in on Monday, the film’s final total could actually be a bit higher. And the film’s doing fine internationally, even as it doesn’t open in some territories until after the World Cup. Its global total is currently at $161 million.

Elsewhere, INCREDIBLES 2 notched another milestone. The Pixar sequel crossed the $700 million mark and has now pulled in $773 million worldwide, with a domestic total of $504 million domestic. It’s the first animated film to cross the $500 million domestic mark, making it the highest-grossing animated film ever at the domestic box office. And it just keeps going. Brad Bird has somewhat ruled out INCREDIBLES 3, but how hard do we think Disney is going to twist his arm to bring the franchise back once more?

It’s a photo finish for the #2 slot, as INCREDIBLES 2 pulled in an estimated $28.5 million while JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM took in $28.6 million. The JURASSIC sequel is now at $333.3 million domestic and $1.058 billion globally, although it’s unlikely to touch the $1.6 billion the first JURASSIC WORLD made globally. Indeed, the sequel’s slowing down as it opened internationally far in advance of its domestic debut to get ahead of the World Cup.

THE FIRST PURGE, meanwhile, grossed an estimated $17.2 million for the weekend, bringing its five-day total to $31.1 million. That’s right in line with expectations and is probably a good sign for the future of the franchise.

Check out the Top 10 estimates below:

1. Ant-Man and the Wasp $76.03M
2. Incredibles 2 $29.02M
3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $28.58M
4. The First Purge $17.15M
5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado $7.3M
6. Uncle Drew $6.62M
7. Ocean’s 8 $5.28M
8. Tag $3.1M
9. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? $2.59M
10. Deadpool 2 $1.67M

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