It may be a small movie telling it’s own little story in the gigantic Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but Antman and the Wasp is scoring big at the box office.
The latest summer tentpole from Marvel Studios and Disney is projected to gross an estimated $35 million on Friday for a total expected domestic debut of $85 million or more, including $11.5 million in Thursday-evening previews. That’s far ahead of the $57.2 million the first Ant-Man movie made in summer 2015.
The sequel is the 20th film in the MCU and follows up the tremendous success of both Avengers: Infinity War earlier this summer and Black Panther in February. The Ant-Man sequel is a hit with the critics too as it scored an 87 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) returns to direct, reuniting him Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. Rudd reprises his role as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, while Lilly plays Hope van Dyne/Wasp (her transformation into a superhero was hinted at in the first film). Hannah John-Kamen plays the villain Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The sequel is set between the events in Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War, and sees Ant-Man and the Wasp embarking on a new mission from van Dyne’s father and SHIELD inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to find his wife and Hope’s mother (Michelle Pfeiffer).