Weekend Box Office Report: July 6-8, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp buzz into first!

Marvel's smallest heroes had a sizeable opening weekend as ANT-MAN AND THE WASP premiered on top at the box office with an estimated $76 million!

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly's diminutive duo got a stronger start than ANT-MAN's solo debut, which opened with $57.2 million in 2015 before finishing with $180.2 million domestic and $519 million worldwide.

But the pair and their shrinking/growing exploits couldn't compare to Marvel's other offerings of 2018 -- BLACK PANTHER started with a staggering $202 million in February and the all-star AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR had a record-crushing $257 million first weekend. (In fact, aside from the first ANT-MAN it's the lowest-opening Marvel release since THOR, which started with $65.7 million back in 2011.)

Director Peyton Reed's second time around with the Pym-powered protagonists also flew away with $85 million from international audiences for a worldwide opening of $161 million (the PG-13 action-comedy cost a reported $160 million).

Critics were happy for some upbeat costumed antics after the devastation of INFINITY WAR, giving the sequel an 86% average on Rotten Tomatoes. The JoBlo review can be found HERE.

There were more costumed champions in second place as INCREDIBLES 2 held the position from last week with $29 million. On its fourth weekend, Pixar's super-family sequel has surged past a half-billion domestic (the first of the studio's releases to cross that barrier), and has collected a worldwide total of $772.7 million.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM slipped down to third with $28.5 million after reigning over the chart for two weekends. The $170 million dinosaur sequel has stomped to $333.3 million domestic and $1.05 billion worldwide.

Opening in fourth place was the new prequel THE FIRST PURGE with a $17.1 million weekend, and a $31 million domestic total since it first started purging on the 4th of July.

The bloody R-rated thriller had the slowest start of the series, behind the shocking $34 million opening of the original THE PURGE in 2013, and the respective $29.8 million and $31.5 million openings of sequels ANARCHY and ELECTION YEAR.

The yearly murder spree also gathered $10.1 million overseas for a $41.9 million worldwide total. The latest in Blumhouse's franchise of cathartic violence cost a reported $13 million (compared to the frugal $3 million budget of the first movie, and the $9 million and $10 million costs of the sequels).

The origins of the annual lawless celebration didn't enthuse critics, who gave it an average of 52% on Rotten Tomatoes. Unleash your aggressions with the JoBlo review HERE.

In fifth place was the Josh Brolin/Benicio Del Toro sequel SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO with $7.3 million, losing 61% from its opening last weekend. The R-rated action-thriller has a ten-day domestic total of $35.3 million (on a reported cost of $35 million).

UNCLE DREW was in sixth place with $6.6 million, slowing by 56% from last week's opening. The PG-13 basketball comedy, which cost a reported $17 million, has dribbled to a ten-day domestic total of $29.9 million.

Heist spinoff OCEAN'S 8 was in seventh with $5.2 million over its fifth weekend in theaters. Sandra Bullock's criminal crew has stolen $126.7 million domestic and $236.8 million worldwide (on a reported $70 million cost).

Towards the bottom was the R-rated comedy TAG with $3.1 million, the still-expanding Mr. Rogers documentary WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? with $2.5 million (now on 893 screens) and the merc-with-a-mouth sequel DEADPOOL 2 with $1.6 million.

Outside the chart, the Ron Howard-directed prequel SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY finished the Kessel Run with $210 million domestic and $379 million worldwide.

In limited release, the new sci-fi comedy SORRY TO BOTHER YOU made an impression with a $44k per-screen average at 16 locations. Critics applauded the ambitious weirdness with a 94% average on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).

Additionally, the new Whitney Houston documentary WHITNEY was released onto 452 screens for a $1.2 million weekend.

Next week, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson tries to escape the SKYSCRAPER, Adam Sandler's animated vampire returns in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, and SORRY TO BOTHER YOU adds a few hundred screens.

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1. Ant-Man and the Wasp $76 M
2. Incredibles 2 $29 M $504.3 M
3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $28.5 M $333.3 M
4. The First Purge $17.1 M $31 M
5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado $7.3 M $35.3 M
6. Uncle Drew $6.6 M $29.9 M
7. Ocean's 8 $5.2 M $126.7 M
8. Tag $3.1 M $48.3 M
9. Won't You Be My Neighbor? $2.5 M $12.3 M
10. Deadpool 2 $1.6 M $314.5 M


Source: Box Office Mojo



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