Early box-office tracking for Ant-Man and the Wasp has arrived, and it looks like Marvel Studios has another hit on the way.
The film doesn't open for another several weeks, but early box-office estimates from The Hollywood Reporter predict a $75 million opening weekend for the Ant-Man sequel, which is the first Marvel Studios film to hit theaters in the wake of the massive Avengers: Infinity War. That number might sound small (get it?) compared to the Infinity War's record-breaking $250-plus million opening weekend, but it looks great when compared with its predecessor.
The first Ant-Man film earned $57.2 million on its opening weekend in July of 2015, ahead of a $519 million worldwide box-office haul. Small for an Avengers film, sure, but solid for an action-comedy like Ant-Man. The sequel, which teams Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) with the new Wasp, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), seems set to top that.
If those numbers hold (and it's still early, remember) that would put Ant-Man and the Wasp — the 20th Marvel Studios film — somewhere in the bottom quarter of the studio's rankings in terms of opening weekends, below Doctor Strange ($85 million) but above the first Thor film ($65 million). Again, it sounds small in that context, but when you consider the scale (again, do you get it? Because it's a movie about a shrinking guy... never mind) of this particular film, things are looking just fine for Marvel.
Aside from the general appeal of the brand and the solid success of the first film, there's also the wave of interest generated by Infinity War to consider. It's the biggest movie of the year so far, and it didn't include Ant-Man, so fans are going to want to see what he's been up to. Plus, this is the last Marvel Studios film of 2018. We won't get another until Captain Marvel rolls out next spring, so moviegoers will want to get that superhero fun in while they can.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters July 6. What do you think? Will it top its predecessor?