‘Ant-Man’ comes up big at box office
Latest MCU entry opens at No. 1
Greg W. Locke
The latest Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, opened big, taking the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office with a whopping $104 million in sales.
Add in foreign market sales and Quantumania already has over $360 million in sales in three days.
And so the answer, obviously, is yes, we will be getting more Ant-Man films. I like a lot of the people involved with these films, so, ya know, win some, lose some.
Also at the Box
Avatar: The Way of Water is somehow still selling tickets in the U.S., taking the No. 2 spot at last weekend’s box with another $6.2 million in sales, upping its 10-week worldwide sales total to $2.25 billion. Who is seeing this movie? No one I know.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance dropped to the No. 3 spot after opening at No. 1 the previous weekend. So far, Last Dance has sold $18 million in the U.S. and $39 million worldwide over its first 10 days of release. Meh.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and Knock at the Cabin took the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively, with Puss selling another $5.2 million and Knock bringing in another $3.9 million.
So far, M. Knight Shyamalan’s Knock has sold just $30 million in the U.S. and $48 million worldwide. Not great numbers for him.
Also of note, Ang Lee’s incredible Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from 2000 was re-released over weekend, playing on 475 screens and selling a very sad $171,586. Oof. Love this film. Love Michelle Yeoh.
New this Week
Cocaine Bear and Jesus Revolution will both open wide this weekend, with Cocaine Bear almost certain to take the No. 1 spot at the box.
A slew of smaller, promising flicks will also start to test in big markets, including the Jim Gaffigan-led Linoleum, God’s Time, Mummies, Juniper, Bunker, and Selfiee.
That’s a whole lot of films that will almost certainly lose money. What an odd, interesting, ever-changing market.
I’ve been going to the movie theater a whole lot lately: three or four times a week.
More recently I’ve seen Wild at Heart, Empire of Light, Triangle of Sadness, Boyz n the Hood, and When You Finish Saving the World, to name a few.
The big screen. The big sound. The communal element. I get that most folks think of the theater as a place to go to see a spectacle these days, but not me. If it’s shot by a real director of photography, I think it’s worthy of a big screen. Especially if there’s a notable director involved.
This week I think I’ll see Knock at the Cabin, Close, and a special screening Sam Raimi’s 1998 A Simple Plan. Can’t wait. Especially for the Raimi flick.