'Ant-Man & the Wasp' Dominates Weekend Box Office!

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Universal and Blumhouse's "The First Purge" debuted on Independence Day, getting a head start on the weekend. Disney's success this weekend also doesn't end with just the #1 film at the box office as Incredibles 2 became the first animated title to ever top $500 million at the domestic box office.

That was enough to give it the top spot at the USA box office, and make it the studio's 20th straight number one opening. After all, their last five openings easily crossed the $100 million dollar mark on opening weekend without even trying, and Ant-Man only pulled in $76 million.

Following a blockbuster Thursday night preview, the box office for Ant-Man and Wasp has slowed down a bit, but not with bad numbers by any means, as the movie still outperformed the first by 33%. That could make it hard to surpass the $180 million domestic run of the original Ant-Man, which had some impressive legs, but only time will tell. This weekend, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened smaller than expected with a soft $76 million at the United States box office.

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The sequel had the biggest debut in Korea with $20.9 million, followed by Mexico with $6.7 million, and Indonesia with $5.6 million.

"Incredibles 2" opened in France with $9.9 million, marking the second highest opening for a Pixar release behind "Finding Nemo". Internationally, Incredibles 2 has made US$269 million. As per last weekend, the worldwide estimates are not available at this time. France quickly ranks as the sixth largest market for Incredibles 2 behind China ($48.7m), Mexico ($33.8m), Australia ($24.6m), Brazil ($15.4m) and Russian Federation ($14.3m).

New offering "The First Purge" launched overseas with $10.9 million in 26 markets, including $2.2 million in the United Kingdom and Ireland, $2.1 million in France, $1.5 million in Germany, and $1.1 million in Spain. Similar to Solo, Infinity War brought in just under $1 million, bringing its domestic box office total to $675 million.

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Superheroes continue to dominate the summer box office. The horror prequel was only able to rake in $17 million. "It's the fourth in a franchise that they happen to keep very relevant", he said. So while the actual first weekend wasn't as impressive as past entries in the series, the $13 million production is already turning a profit.

It also speaks to audiences. "The "Purge" movies have pocketed over $360 million globally". Among opening weekend markets, the film delivered a #1 finish in the United Kingdom with an estimated $2.1 million, the highest opening for the franchise (including previews). Other openings include an estimated $2.1 million in France, $1.48 million in Germany and $1.14 million in Spain. It opens in the final key market, Japan, next weekend.

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