‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Opens to Franchise Best

Despite its poor critical reception, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ still landed a franchise best opening for Ant-Man.

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has topped the box office. The Ant-Man threequel managed to take in an impressive $120 million over Presidents Day weekend, beating out expectations. Perhaps more impressively, though, the film’s opening makes for the biggest opening for the Ant-Man films to date. The film’s opening is also the third-best opening for February and Presidents Day weekend, behind Black Panther’s $242.1 million opening and Deadpool’s $152.1 million opening.

Rich Gelfond, the CEO of IMAX, noted that $24 million of the film’s box office came from the premium format screens, calling it the first blockbuster of the year. “’AntMan’ is the first new Hollywood blockbuster out of the gate in 2023.”

Quantumania makes for the first $100 million domestic debut so far this year. Overall, the film took in $225 million at the worldwide box office, having earned $121 million internationally. While the movie didn’t quite take off in China as Marvel might’ve hoped, earning just $19.2 million, the film seems to be doing quite well despite its low rating among critics. Quantumania is currently sitting at 47% on Rotten Tomatoes following 308 reviews, but audiences don’t appear to feel the same way as critics – the audience score is currently at a solid 84% following 5k verified ratings.

For comparison’s sake, 2015’s Ant-Man opened to $57 million, while 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp opened to $76 million. While those films ended their runs with $519 million and $622 million, Quantumania is expected to end its run ahead of both titles.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now playing in theaters.

Source: Variety.

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