'Ant-Man and the Wasp' scores another opening weekend win for Marvel with $76 million at the box office

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  • “Ant-Man and the Wasp” wins the weekend box office with an estimated $US76 million.
  • Also, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is the first non-Disney movie this year to pass the $US1 billion worldwide mark.

For Disney/Marvel, it’s more of the same this weekend: another release that tops the domestic box office.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” took in an estimated $US76 million over the weekend, which bests the first movie’s $US57.2 million opening weekend take back in 2015.

The movie landed right on target with its opening weekend industry projection of between $US75 million and $US85 million.

Director Peyton Reed improved interest in the micro-sized superhero (played by Paul Rudd) through adding The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) in on the fun and connecting the movie to the dramatics that occurred in “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

There was also the attraction of a cool, air conditioned, movie theatre for those living in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, as the region saw over 100 degree temperatures this weekend. But we have a feeling seeing how the movie relates to “Infinity War” was also a draw.

Elsewhere, Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” powered past $US1 billion at the worldwide box office. It’s the first non-Disney movie to hit the milestone (Disney titles past $US1 billion this year: “Black Panther,” “Infinity War”).

Annapurna’s “Sorry to Bother You” had an impressive $US44,000 per screen average on 16 screens ($US717,000 total) to open its theatrical run.

Universal/Blumhouse released its latest “Purge” movie, “The First Purge,” and took in $US17 million ($US31 million since its opening day on July 4). It’s another successful opening for the low budget horror franchise.

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