Box Office Wrap Up: Ant-Man and Wasp Sting Box Office.
Diseny/Marvel notch another first place finish as Ant-Man and The Wasp surpasses the first Ant-Man at the box office.
The sequel train keeps rolling. Ant-Man and The Wasp, sequel to 2015’s solo Ant-Man, flew to first place, handily topping the first film’s premier. While not a franchise high, The First Purge also delivered solid numbers for a summer prequel. With sequels for Hotel Transylvania, Mission Impossible, the Equalizer and even Mama Mia due up, expect roman numerals to continue to dominate.
This Week in Box Office History.
The week after the July 4th weekend has been dominated by an eclectic mix. The big winners have been animated films, followed by a mix of action movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Mission Impossible. It’s no coincidence then that we’re getting an animated film and an action film starring The Rock this week!
A Wednesday holiday robbed either weekends of a big bounce. Instead we got two slightly better than average box office performances. Earnings rose 5% versus last week but were down a modest 9% compared to last year. The caveat there was that last year was a 4 day weekend, so overall box office for the 3 day were virtually identical. The month to date for July, a better comparison, is the same as last year and just a shade under 2016 when Finding Dory was the big draw.
Top Film Last Year: Spider-Man Homecoming.
Top Film Last Decade: Hancock.
Ant-Man and The Wasp unseated Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and sent the dinos all the way down to third place. The audience for the sequel skewed much older and predominantly male, cannibalizing Jurassic World’s key demographics. At 76 million dollars, Ant-Man and The Wasp heavily improved upon the 57 million debut of the original.
Disney also secured the second spot with Incredibles 2 adding another 29 million to its domestic total. At over 500 million in the US, Incredibles 2 has become Pixar’s top earning movie, the highest grossing animated film, and the 5th biggest superhero film (all records are for the domestic box office). Finding Dory still holds the world-wide crown at over a billion dollars combined. Incredibles 2 has been a bit slower abroad, but still has several major markets to add.
Jurassic World 2 tumbled to third place. This marks a string of third place finishes as JW:FK is also the third highest grossing Jurassic Park movie and third highest grossing dinosaur movie. It also has the title for third largest opening in June. Third time is the charm for this sequel!
The fourth spot saw another new film as The First Purge took in 17 million dollars…or 31 million dollars depending on how you count it. The First Purge opted to open early on July 4th, meaning its weekend total doesn’t reflect all earnings. Using the total weekly puts TFP’s box office right in line with the rest of the series.
The two limited release films fell just outside of the top ten. Whitney Houston documentary, creatively titled Whitney, landed at 11th place with 1.2 million dollars. This breaks the streak of documentaries grabbing the 10th spot. I blame Bobby Brown.
The dark comedy Sorry to Bother You scored big, taking in 717k at just 16 screens. That averages to nearly 50k a theater or more than double what Ant-Man and The Wasp averaged. The film goes wide next week.