The weekend box office estimates are in and Ant-Man and the Wasp came in first place. Pretty standard news for Marvel films, but the numbers here are a bit interesting. Ant-Man and the Wasp brought in $76 million this weekend. This is a decent total, and it is $20 million higher than Ant-Man 1. However, the total for Ant-Man and the Wasp places it as the fifth lowest Marvel opening, beating out only its predecessor, Thor 1, Captain America 1 and The Incredible Hulk. Interesting how this is still a success even though Solo opened to $84 million and was a huge failure. Granted Ant-Man movies generally have a much smaller budget which makes all the difference.
Jumping back into second place in its fourth week is Incredibles 2 with $29 million. Given it is a family film over a holiday week, this should be no surprise. Incredibles 2 will have legs for some time. The last two weeks it has only dropped roughly 43% and 38% respectively. It may drop a bit harder next week as there will be a new kids movie opening.
In a tight third place is Jurassic World 2 at $28.5 million. It fell a hefty 53% in week three. Keep in mind though that on a $170 million budget it has made $333 million domestically and earlier this week crossed $1 billion worldwide. I do not think the studio is too worried about its drop rate at this point.
In a very distant fourth is The First Purge at $17 million. While not a great intake, the film was made for only $13 million. The advantage to many of these horror/slasher films is that although they may not bring in a ton of money, their budgets are generally so low they do not need big box offices. As the fourth film in the franchise it opened to half what the previous three opened at. It may be time for this franchise to end.
Dropping two spots in its second week is Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Sicario 2 dropped a decent 61% to $7.3 million. In two weeks its managed to match its budget.
OPENING NEXT WEEK
Next week we have two major openings. Dwayne Johnson opens Skyscraper. This movie feels very much like a Die Hard remake, and it has been heavily marketed. De Ja Vu may be strong with this film, but given it’s the Rock, it should be a good time. Also opening is the kids’ film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. This time Dracula and Co. take a cruise only to find out it is being run by a Van Helsing.