Weekend Box Office: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Debuts with $76 Million

Marvel's Superhero Sequel

Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp has taken the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office in its opening weekend, with an estimated $76 million in ticket sales.

The stature-shifting superhero sequel easily surpassed the $57 million debut of the 2015 original in North America. Directed once again by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man 2 stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas. CinemaScore gave it an A-.

The weekend’s other new wide release was Universal and Blumhouse’s dystopian thriller The First Purge, which opened in fourth place domestically with $17.2 million for a five-day debut of $31.1 million. The fourth installment of the Purge franchise stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei. The Staten Island-set horror prequel is directed by Gerard McMurray and stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei.

Check out the July 6-8 numbers below.

1. Ant-Man and the Wasp – $76,030,000
2. Incredibles 2 – $29,021,000
3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $28,585,000
4. The First Purge – $17,150,000
5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado – $7,300,000
6. Uncle Drew – $6,625,000
7. Ocean’s 8 – $5,285,000
8. Tag – $3,105,000
9. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – $2,590,000
10. Deadpool 2 – $1,675,000

Sequels everywhere! Next week, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper should perform well.

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