Avengers: Infinity War has shattered Box Office records and now is the first superhero film and the fourth film to ever pass the $2 billion mark. That is one tough act to follow and the last Marvel Studios’ film of 2018 is only a few weeks away. Ant-Man and the Wasp has a lot to do, as the MCU keeps topping itself with each new entry. Black Panther was also quite the behemoth when it released into theatres in February so the franchise’ smallest duo have to face some rather sizeable challenges. While the film won’t break any major records, it does seem like it will still start with an impressive $75 million opening.
This is ahead of Ant-Man‘s $57.2 million and is a good sign for the film to potentially top the 2015’s $519.3 million. It is the lowest any Marvel Studios sequel has opened but these are still early predictions and could go up. The original film was a hard sell, especially with the behind-the-scenes chaos revolving around former director Edgar Wright and the rather out-there nature of the character. This time, the stronger focus on the new heroine could help push the franchise even further. Online buzz is strong for the film and it can bank off of Infinity War‘s success. Doctor Strange and Black Panther did manage to get a stronger jumpstart for their franchises, but Ant-Man did still get a sequel so this opening won’t disappoint.
The true test comes from the following weekends. July slowly ends the summer blockbuster season so there is less competition. It will face Blumhouse’s The First Purge and Paul Rudd has a track record of films gaining momentum as time goes by. Moreover, the film is Marvel Studios first step in pushing its female superheroes to the forefront and Evangeline Lilly had some of the best scenes in the first film. It will be interesting to see how far the film goes as it also builds up towards its first primary female-led film next year with Captain Marvel.
What are your thoughts? How much do you think it will make?