With a four-day opening in the $118 million range, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is anticipated to have one of the best Presidents Day weekends ever.
The third standalone Ant-Man film and the 31st overall in the vast Marvel Cinematic Universe garnered at least $100 million over the traditional three-day weekend after a $46 million Friday.
The first Ant-Man movie made $57 million on its opening weekend in 2015, and the second movie made $76 million on its debut weekend three years later. This is not only the biggest Ant-Man film opening ever, but it’s also the third-biggest weekend of February. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is currently in third place behind other superhero flicks Deadpool ($152 million over four days) and Black Panther ($242 million over four days).
The film’s opening weekend goal is $225 million internationally, which is a touch lower than anticipated. The Ant-Man movies have repeatedly outperformed their more well-known MCU predecessors because of their self-contained (and usually low stakes) narratives and less popular source material.
The second movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, completed with $622 million globally, while the first Ant-Man ended its global run with $519 million. Ant-Man 3 was intentionally created to be a broader experience, but considering that the film has gotten some of the worst reviews in the franchise’s almost 15-year history, Marvel may regret this choice. Ant-Man 3 needed to introduce Phase Five of the series since certain loyal fans weren’t happy with Phase Four.