Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania starts off the weekend strong with $17.5 million for its Thursday previews box office.
Update: The second weekend is bombing.
The number beats the two previous movies by a decent amount as the Thursday previews for 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp brought in $12 million which saw a $76 million opening 3-day weekend, and 2015’s Ant-Man brought in $6 million for a $57 million 3-day opening weekend.
As it is a holiday weekend, Disney estimates Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will have a 4-day opening of around $105-$110 million, with industry estimates hoping as high as $120 million.
What remains to be seen is if Ant-Man 3 will have any legs or if it is front-loaded because of all the MCU fans rushing to see it first.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania‘s Thursday previews box office is just about the same as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which opened to $146 million and finished with $863 million, so if Ant-Man 3 can come anywhere near those numbers that’s a big win.
The first Ant-Man finished with a $519 million box office and the second with $622 million, so anything above that is good news.
Internationally for its two days of release sees another $23.8 million which is in line with Ant-Man and the Wasp, so that is a current worldwide gross of $41.3M for Quantumania, and that is without China where it is getting a release.
What is the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Rotten Tomatoes Sore?
What isn’t good news is the critical reception as the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Rotten Tomatoes Score of 48% is right in line with Eternals‘ 47%. Ouch.
If you are a fan it’s a different story as the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score is currently at 84%, higher than the second movie’s 80%, and pretty much in line with the first Ant-Man‘s 85%.
I’ve heard mixed results and the fan reaction to MODOK hasn’t been all that good, but if the flick can at least put Jonathan Majors as Kang over who is supposed to be the next big bad of the MCU, that should be enough.