The official box office numbers for Marvel’s Ant-Man are in, which sees the film performing under expectations.
While Ant-Man came in as the #1 movie at the box office this weekend, it brought in only $55.4 million, which is less than the $56-65 million estimated.
Ant-Man currently has a $112.6 million worldwide cume, which is also below estimates of around $114.4 million.
It should probably be noted that all of the Marvel Studios sole-character films peformed similar numbers, except for Iron Man:
Incredible Hulk – $55.4 million
Captain America: The First Avenger – $65 million
Thor – $65.7 million
Iron Man – $98.6 million
Ant-Man is arguably the least known Marvel character on the big screen, and his powers are a bit odd, but I felt the movie was easily Marvel’s most accessible film for a non-comic audience.
Currently at WB’s Rotten Tomatoes movie aggregate review site, audience approval for Ant-Man is at 92%. Critic reviews stand at 80% positive, which seems to to be a good sign as the reviews were hovering around 70-ish.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Marvel’s upcoming slate of movies, which feature unknown characters as well, with Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and Inhumans. Black Panther might be okay as it spins out of Captain America: Civil War, which is essentially Avengers 3.