Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantum Mania Box Office Debut Soars To Top With $104 Million
Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania box office debut beat out the first two movies in the trilogy led by Paul Rudd to be the most popular movie during its opening weekend. The third part of the superhero movie, which also starred Evangeline Lilly and Jonathan Majors (in his big screen debut as Kang the Conquerer), opened at No. 1 with a huge $104 million at the domestic box office.
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Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania box office debutbeat out the first two movies in the trilogy led by Paul Rudd to be the most popular movie during its opening weekend.
The third part of the superhero movie, which also starred Evangeline Lilly and Jonathan Majors (in his big screen debut as Kang the Conquerer), opened at No. 1 with a huge $104 million at the domestic box office.
It also opened at number one in the world with $225.3 million and is expected to make another $239.3 million over the holiday weekend. Ant-Man, which came out in 2015, made $57 million in its first weekend. Ant-Man and the Wasp, which came out in 2018, made $75 million.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania, directed by Peyton Reed, opened in the United States to $104 million on its first day. This was one of the best starts ever for the Presidents Day holiday and by far the biggest start for Marvel's low-key franchise.
Yet, the third movie in the series with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly is still a win for Marvel Studios and Disney. This is because Marvel is starting Phase 5 and conquering hero Bob Iger is returning as CEO of Walt Disney Co.
With a 47 percent rating, the film is tied with Eternals (2021) for Marvel's lowest Rotten Tomatoes score. Perhaps more telling is that audiences gave it a B CinemaScore, which is rare for a Marvel movie.
Kevin Feige's Marvel Studios has been the envy of Hollywood since 2008 when the first Iron Man movie started the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With more than $28.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales, the MCU is the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. The Avengers franchise is a big part of this.
Over the years, audiences have almost always given MCU movies high marks on CinemaScore. Nearly 70% of titles have gotten an A or some variation of an A (A+, A, or A-) from audiences.
In the past few years, that has been changing. Four of the five Marvel movies with a B or B+ grade (none have gotten a B or lower) are from the past six years. Quantumania and Eternals, both of which got a B, are the worst of the new ones, while Thor: Love and Thunder and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness both got a B+. The first Ant-Man movie got an A CinemaScore, and the second one got an A-.
Thor (B+), which came out in 2011, was the fifth MCU movie to get a CinemaScore in the B range. In other words, the next 21 movies in the MCU after Thor were all A movies.
In the third part, Scott Lang (Rudd) and his longtime partner Hope (Lilly), also known as the Wasp, are sucked into the Quantum Realm along with Lang's teenage daughter Cassie and Hope's parents Hank (Michael Douglas) and Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). There, they meet strange new creatures and go on adventures, including a villain who was first seen in the first season of Disney+'s Loki.
Even though Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) got off to a rough start, Ant-Man is doing better than ever at the box office.
Studio estimates from Sunday show that "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania" box office debut opened with $104 million in domestic ticket sales, which is a lot more than the first two Ant-Man movies made.
The Walt Disney Company's "Quantumania" made another $121.3 million from sales outside of the U.S., giving the movie's global launch a total of $225.3 million. It's the biggest opening of the year by a long shot. Even though "Quantumania" was the 31st MCU movie, it didn't do as well as most of them do.
On Rotten Tomatoes, "Quantumania," starring Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, has a score of 48 percent fresh, making it the only MCU movie other than "Eternals" to be rated as "rotten" (47 percent).