In other news, “Cocaine Bear” is enjoying success after its $23 million domestic launch.
The second-weekend dip for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is expected to be the worst for a Marvel Cinematic Universe picture, but according to current projections, it won’t surpass the unsettling 70% threshold. Ant-Man 3, the third movie in the Ant-Man series and the overall 31st movie in the MCU, is anticipated to earn $32 million in its second weekend, a 69.7% drop from its debut weekend. The movie made $105 million in its customary three-day opening and $120 million over the extended President’s Day weekend, which lasted four days.
Despite an unexpected overperformance by the week’s biggest new movie, the action-comedy Cocaine Bear, Ant-Man 3 maintained its top place on the weekend list. The Elizabeth Banks-directed movie, which also stars Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Alden Ehrenreich, is riding a wave of favorable publicity on its way to a solid $23 million opening weekend. In its first three days, Cocaine Bear was expected to make between $15 million and $17 million in revenue.
After her unsuccessful attempt to launch a franchise with Charlie’s Angels, this represents Banks’ comeback. It also adds to Universal’s success, which has seen a succession of comparable unique successes. Outside their work as filmmakers, of course, Cocaine Bear also holds the praiseworthy imprimatur of producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who have already offered their legitimacy to the wonderful Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Mitchells vs. the Machines. The movie brought in an additional $5.3 million from 50 foreign countries, giving it a $28 million worldwide opening.
In contrast, Ant-Man 3 has earned over $363 million internationally and $167 million domestically. The unfavorable distinction of having generated the worst second-weekend dip for any film that started with more than $100 million domestically now belongs to the relatively well-reviewed superhero threequel. With a 69.1% second weekend decrease, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice previously held the top spot on this list. With a 69.1% second weekend decrease, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice previously held the top spot on this list. This represents a poorer performance for the MCU than the 67.7% second-weekend dip that Thor: Love and Thunder saw in 2016. The Ant-Man movies normally don’t perform at pace with some of the major MCU films, but Marvel had hoped that Ant-Man 3‘s status as the first picture of Phase Five would infuse some extra intrigue. By contrast, the first Ant-Man finished its global run with $519 million in 2015, while Ant-Man and the Wasp grossed $622 million globally in 2018.
Jesus Revolution, a faith-based movie from Lionsgate, performed better than anticipated to finish third with an estimated $15.5 million. Prior to the weekend, the movie was expected to gross roughly $7 million.
With an anticipated $4.8 million in its eleventh weekend, Avatar: The Way of Water hopes to move up to the fourth place. With a staggering $663 million in American box office revenue to date, Titanic, another James Cameron film, is now just a few days away from being surpassed. Puss in Boots: The Final Wish, which has been quietly chugging along at the box office for almost as long as The Way of Water, took the fifth position. The animated sequel is anticipated to have made $4 million during its tenth weekend of release, bringing its overall domestic revenue to $173 million and its global total to more than $430 million.