In One Chart: ‘Ant-Man 3’ grabbed $120 million at the box office over 4-day Presidents Day weekend

by | Feb 20, 2023 | Stock Market

Is Marvel’s smallest superhero poised to become its next big hit? It’s off to a strong start. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” hit $120 million over its four-day Presidents Day opening weekend, Deadline reported Monday, exceeding some expectations. Box office forecasters had expected it to pull in between $95 million and $100 million in North America over the traditional weekend, Variety reported, and $110 million through Presidents Day on Monday. 

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third stand-alone “Ant-Man” film could make at least $160 million, with estimates ranging from $130 million to $190 million. A big part of that box office haul is that “Ant-Man 3” is expected to reel in up to $55 million in China, alone — notable because this is the first Marvel movie allowed in China since “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019, after China recently ended its three-and-a-half year ban on all Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie releases in the country.

Disney’s latest Marvel movie, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” hits theaters Presidents Day weekend.

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That’s no small chunk of change for subatomic superhero Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd, who along with his teammates like the Wasp (played by “Lost” and “The Hobbit” trilogy star Evangeline Lilly) can shrink himself and other objects down to the size of an ant — and even go microscopic, which is where the “Quantum Realm” comes in with this movie. (And, for what it’s worth, he can also grow giant-sized, becoming Giant Man.)  But ticket sales are projected to fall below recent Marvel movies like “Black Panther” sequel “Wakanda Forever,” which clawed $181 million over its opening weekend, as well as sequels like “Thor: Love and Thunder” ($144 million) and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which made $185 million. But this weekend’s box office projections are still well above the first two “Ant-Man” movies in 2015 and 2018, which made $57 million and $76 million domestically over their opening weekends. So, where is the opening weekend box office for “Ant-Man 3” expected to fall compared with the 30 other Marvel movies, which began with 2008’s “Iron Man?” Take a look here: 


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