Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantum frenzy has opened worldwide with an estimated $225,3 million through Sunday. The threequel directed by Peyton Reed grossed $104 million domestically in three days and $121.3 million internationally.
Quantumania is expected to do 13% better than Ant-Man and 27% worse than Ant-Man and the Wasp in international markets. If China is excluded from the equation, Quantumania’s opening weekend is 52% higher than Ant-Man and 5% higher than Ant-Man and The Wasp.
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The four-day domestic debut of $118M ranks as the third-best President’s Day opening weekend in history. Nonetheless, as we mentioned yesterday (see below), the worldwide debut is lower than offshore forecasts before the weekend. This is due to a lack of interest in Asia-Pacific, particularly in South Korea and China, as well as the absence of deeper sci-fi aspects.
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Quantumania generated $24 million internationally in IMAX, which is 28% more than the combined worldwide openers of Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, and is the fourth-best IMAX global opening for February. By Monday, international markets contributed $11.8 million, including China, where the Marvel picture made $4 million in IMAX or 21% of the worldwide box office.
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This weekend, Avatar: The Way of Water ($2,243.2M) surpassed Titanic ($2,242.8M) to become the third highest-grossing film in history. Way of Water is the third-highest-grossing international film of all time, after Avatar and Avengers: Endgame, with $1.58 billion after the tenth weekend of release.
In Germany, it became the highest-grossing film of all time with an increase of $10.7M for a reduction of 45%. China ($243.8M), France ($148M), Germany ($138M), Korea ($107.5M), and the United Kingdom ($91.6M) are the top five markets to date.
In 2023, Walt Disney Studios earned a total of $1,282 billion. $383M is domestic, while $899M is international.
Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish grossed an additional $9.9 million in 80 international countries for a total of $255.6 million abroad and $421.6 million worldwide. It is the tenth-largest studio release internationally for 2022/23 and the ninth-largest globally for 2022.
The United Kingdom maintained solid play throughout school vacations, with midweek growth increasing the total revenue to $20.7M through Sunday. Mexico has now reached $24.8 million and is the largest DWA release in the country’s history.