Saturday Update: Marvel’s opening day streak officially reached a perfect 20-for-20 yesterday as Ant-Man and the Wasp scored an estimated $33.801 million, including Thursday night’s previous earnings.
The Marvel audience is typically strong during matinee business throughout the weekend, although opening day’s proximity to the July 4th holiday on Wednesday this year makes early estimates a bit more tricky than usual. We’re holding more tightly within earlier ranges for now and expecting between $77-86 million based on its early trajectory.
Some key takeaways for Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s opening day:
- 49 percent higher than Ant-Man ($22.65 million)
- 14 percent higher than Captain America: The First Avenger adjusted for 2018 ticket prices (approximately $29.7 million)
- 4 percent higher than Doctor Strange ($32.6 million)
- 11 percent behind Guardians of the Galaxy ($37.85 million)
- 12 percent behind Wonder Woman ($38.25 million)
Meanwhile, Incredibles 2 added $9.82 million for an updated domestic haul of $485.2 million. It has a shot at remaining in second place this weekend, leap-frogging Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on the weekend chart. The latter blockbuster added $9.11 million yesterday and now stands at $313.9 million domestically.
The First Purge pulled $6.06 million on Friday for a three-day running tally of $19.97 million. Sony expects around $18.46 million for the three-day weekend, another strong result for the franchise.
Among sophomore performances, Sicario: Day of the Soldado grossed $2.3 million on Friday for an updated cume of $30.3 million, followed by Uncle Drew in sixth place with $2.165 million and $25.5 million in the bank thus far.
Early weekend estimates are below, including official studio estimates from Fox, Global Road, Sony (Sicario only), and Universal. Updated studio estimates to follow on Sunday.
Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, JUL. 6 – SUN, JUL. 8
|1||Ant-Man and the Wasp||$79,000,000||—||4,206||—||$18,783||$79,000,000||1||Disney|
|3||Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom||$30,890,000||-49%||4,349||-136||$7,103||$335,647,665||3||Universal|
|4||The First Purge||$18,460,000||—||3,031||—||$6,090||$32,365,945||1||Universal Pictures|
|5||Sicario: Day of the Soldado||$7,300,000||-62%||3,055||0||$2,390||$35,302,070||2||Sony / Black Label|
|6||Uncle Drew||$6,300,000||-59%||2,742||0||$2,298||$29,623,620||2||Lionsgate / Summit|
|7||Ocean’s 8||$5,400,000||-35%||2,604||-822||$2,074||$126,866,228||5||Warner Bros.|
|8||Tag (2018)||$3,300,000||-44%||2,157||-1019||$1,530||$48,525,681||4||Warner Bros.|
|1||Won’t You Be My Neighbor?||$2,600,000||7%||893||239||$2,912||$12,391,727||5||Focus Features|
|4||Solo: A Star Wars Story||$1,000,000||-63%||778||-876||$1,285||$210,860,097||7||Disney|
|5||Avengers: Infinity War||$900,000||-42%||506||-384||$1,779||$674,829,474||11||Disney|
|7||Book Club||$440,000||-34%||374||-131||$1,176||$67,179,126||8||Paramount Pictures|
|8||Show Dogs||$66,508||-18%||132||-14||$504||$17,572,825||8||Global Road Entertainment|
|2||Hotel Artemis||$10,207||-34%||18||-22||$567||$6,655,519||5||Global Road|
|3||Chappaquiddick||$900||-65%||5||-1||$180||$17,388,666||14||Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures|
Friday Update: Disney reports this morning that Ant-Man and the Wasp scored a strong $11.5 million start from Thursday night’s first showings and fan events, setting the stage for another excellent debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
For comparison purposes, the sequel registered 80 percent higher than Ant-Man‘s $6.4 million Thursday night debut three years ago, 3 percent more than Guardians of the Galaxy ($11.2 million), 22 percent more than Doctor Strange‘s November debut ($9.4 million), and 25 percent behind last summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming ($15.4 million).
Weekend projections remain steady (toward the higher end) with pre-release forecasts. Follow us throughout the weekend for continued updates.
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