Marvel Studios’ newest comic book adaptation Ant-Man and the Wasp, about a duo of small superheroes has had a brilliant opening weekend at the domestic box office. The Ant-Man sequel, starring Paul Rudd as Ant-Man/Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp/Hope Van Dyne made $76 millionacross North America. The film’s opening over overseas gathered $85 million which increased the worldwide opening to $161 million.
The sequel takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War and Scott Lang has to balance being Ant-Man and being a father. Scott’s mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne ask Lang to help with a mission that will bring together both Ant-Man and Hope and reveal secrets from their past.
Sources speculated that while many Marvel fans definitely wanted to reunite with these characters, they were also interested in the film’s connection to the shocking ending of Avengers: Infinity War, and what it means for the fourth Avengers installment. The film’s start this weekend was largely ahead of the first Ant-Man, which opened at $57 million.
Also, the sequel dominated over The First Purge which had about a $17 million opening while Incredibles 2 made $29 million this weekend and stole the second spot from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom which earned $28.6 million in the past weekend.
Critics also seemed to enjoy the film, which has gained a 86% score on Rotten Tomatoes which is a rise from the Ant-Man score of 82%.
According to Variety, Disney’s head of domestic distribution, Cathleen Taff said that they are really thrilled with the results and added: “We continue to be amazed by what Kevin Feige and the team do with these films.”
Marvel Studios next installment is “Captain Marvel” which is expected to be released on March 8. 2019 and stars Brie Larson as the titular superhero Captain Marvel.
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