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Box Office: Ant-Man and the Wasp win weekend but The Incredibles 2 smashes a record

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Jul 7, 2018

It was a good week at the movies for superheroes. This week's debut from Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, is on track to bring in $83.7 million from 4,206 theaters in North America, according to Variety. That is definitely not an ant-sized gross — in fact it beats the first Ant-Man's $57 million opening weekend.  
    Director Peyton Reed's film is the first Marvel installment to hit theaters since the cliffhanger of Avengers: Infinity War, and although it doesn't follow up on the events of the April film, it does offer a look at what Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was up to while the rest of the Avengers were fighting Thanos. Marvel's 20th film also stars Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
    Vying for second place at the box office was Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles 2, which is projected to rake in $30 million this weekend. That's not only not bad for a film in its fourth weekend, but if that holds, it puts Brad Bird's animated superhero film as the most successful animated movie of all time. The Incredibles 2 has so far made $683 million worldwide, including $475 million in domestic ticket sales. This weekend will have it exceed the previous record holder, 2016's Pixar adventure Finding Dory, which netted $486 million.
    Universal's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is also expected to bring in $30 million this weekend. J.A. Bayona's continuation of the popular dinosaurs-in-modern-times series is in its second weekend, and passed $1 billion in overall sales, counting international tickets.
    This week's other big release, The First Purge, dove into the origins of the titular night where all crime is legal. The politically minded prequel opened early, on Wednesday's Fourth of July holiday, and its first week grossed $18 million domestically. That's below the last installment, 2016's The Purge: Election Year, which earned $31 million on its first weekend.
    We'll see what happens next week when Dwayne Johnson's Die Hard-meets-The Towering Inferno blockbuster Skyscraper opens on July 13.