'Ant-Man and the Wasp' marks Marvel's 20th straight No. 1 opening

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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. That means the movie might not have long legs at the box office. There is now no planned China release for Ant-Man and the Wasp, likely due to the annual Chinese "blackout" of non-Chinese films that happens between late June and early September.

Not only does the smaller scope work for the Ant-Man and Wasp characters, the movie feels fresh and fun since we can focus on the characters instead of escalating risks that threaten the entire universe.

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Industry prognosticators were placing the sequel at $80 to $85 million after that juggernaut event, and while Disney set the floor for Ant-Man and the Wasp in their own projections at $70 million, this isn't exactly an exciting number for the Mouse House.

The only downside with Ant-Man and the Wasp right now is Forbes pointing out that the opening weekend is rather front-loaded. If the film continues along its current trajectory it should easily break $200 million domestically, and enter the top five or six box offices of the year. After dominating the first half of 2018 with blockbuster flicks Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, the studio has now laid claim to its 20th consecutive No. 1 opener at the box office with Ant-Man and The Wasp. Cathleen Taff, Disney's head of domestic distribution, told Variety, "We are really thrilled about the results".

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Coming in third is Universal and Amblin's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which brought in an estimated $28.5 million for the three-day weekend and has now pushed its domestic cume to $333.3 million as it begins its third week in release. Overseas, Incredibles 2 made $61 million, bringing its worldwide box office total to $268 million. The Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin-led sequel picked up another US$7.6 million, taking the domestic tally to US$35 million. Another debut for the weekend is Roadside Attractions and Miramax's Whitney, which brought in $1.3 million from 452 locations for the 11th spot on the list.

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. Boots Riley's film brought in US$717,302 when it opened in 16 theatres. Even more impressive? As of this weekend, Incredibles 2 is now the top-grossing animated film of all time - not adjusted for inflation - having surpassed fellow Pixar film, Finding Dory, with $503 million.

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The movie takes place two years after Captain America: Civil War and a few days prior to the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

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