Ant-Man and the Wasp Stings Hard

The Marvel Cinematic Universe strikes again
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 8, 2018 12:00 PM CDT
This image released by Marvel Studios shows a scene from "Ant-Man and the Wasp."   (Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)
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(Newser) – Despite its heroes' diminutive size, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened with typical Marvel might at the box office, with an estimated $76 million in ticket sales, the AP reports. According to studio estimates Sunday, the "Ant-Man" sequel easily surpassed the $57 million debut of the 2015 original in North America. The 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp comes on the heels of two mammoth Marvel successes this year: Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.

The two films that trailed Ant-Man at the weekend box office hit milestones. With $28.6 million in its third weekend, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom crossed $1 billion worldwide. Disney's Incredibles 2 ($28.3 million) passed Finding Dory to become Pixar's top-grossing film domestically, not accounting for inflation. Rounding out the top five were The First Purge ($10.9 million) and Sicario: Day of The Soldado ($7.3 million), per the Hollywood Reporter.

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