Ant-Man and the Wasp Conquers the Weekend Box Office with $76M

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Check out the rest of the box office numbers over at Box Office Mojo.

The flick opened Thursday with $11.5 million - almost double that of the first movie - but its Friday, Saturday and Sunday numbers didn't hold as high, which basically means a lot of the hard core fans went to see it Thursday night. But while the sequel to 2015's Ant-Man was certainly a significant scale-down from the sprawling ensemble actioner that came before, many viewers and critics found the lighter tone and smaller story to be a refreshing change of pace after Infinity War got so big and bleak.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" squashed the competition at the domestic box office.

This wasn't a concern for Peyton Reed, director of both Ant-Man movies.

This is intriguing, because in a movie landscape where doomsayers constantly predict the breaking point of superhero movie saturation is right around the corner, the masked and caped genre in general, and Marvel Studios in particular, have been doing much of the heavy lifting at the box office.

Overseas, Ant-Man and the Wasp collected US$85 million, bringing the worldwide opening to US$161 million.

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The film - starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly - earned $76 million at the box office this weekend, earning a first place spot.

"I think I do like that when we come back and do tell the next chapter of the Ant-Man and the Wasp story, it does give us room narratively to really develop their characters in a way that I think is definitely more challenging to do in the larger ensemble movies".

Internationally, after crossing $1 billion at the global box office on Friday, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom added an additional $27.6 million overseas this weekend, bringing the film's worldwide total to $725.3 million for a global cume totaling $1.058 billion. So far, Solo has made $380 million at the worldwide box office.

Rounding out the top five were Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The First Purge, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which earned $28.5 million, $17.1 million, and $7.3 million, respectively. The dinosaur blockbuster, which just crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, has earned $725 million from overseas alone. Solo made just under $1 million domestically, bringing its domestic box office total to $211 million. The 2018 box office as a whole, which just hit $6.5 billion, is up 9 percent from past year, according to ComScore.

Elsewhere, Focus Features' "Won't You Be My Neighbor" landed in the top 10 at the domestic box office again, drawing another $2.6 million when it expanded to 893 locations.

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