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Midweek box office report: Jurassic World sequel unleashes July 4 rampage as Ant-Man and the Wasp braces for big debut

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Jul 5, 2018

The Purge prequel hacked and slashed its way to third place at the box office as if there were no laws in the land on Independence Day, while unstoppable sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continued its box office rampage. 

Per Deadline, The First Purge, which opened July 4, brought in $9.4 million in domestic box office receipts, behind Incredibles 2, which drummed up $10.2 million, and current box office champion Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which ate up $11.9 million on the holiday.

The Jurassic World sequel has currently taken a $286.2 million bite out of the domestic box office, while the Incredibles sequel has racked up a total of $458.5 million in the U.S.

Despite opening strong, The First Purge is the lowest opening figure for a film from the Purge franchise. The Purge opened with $16.8 million, while Election Year opened with $14.5 million, and Anarchy with $13 million.

But the real question is, how will these films fare at the box office once Ant-Man and the Wasp opens tomorrow? Word on the street is that the film about the minuscule heroes should bring in some big numbers. Current box office projections are pegging an $85 million domestic opening for the Marvel sequel, with a global gross that could run up to $155 million.

It should also be noted that pre-sale figures for Ant-Man and the Wasp from Fandango are currently outpacing those for Doctor Strange, which opened to $85 million. Plus, most advance ticket sales services are showing the Ant-Man sequel’s pre-sales are equal or better than 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which raked in $117 million in North America during its opening weekend. The first Ant-Man opened to $57.2 million domestically.

So. Which movie — or movies — are you planning to see this weekend? Holler in the comments below. And save us a seat.