Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania proved to be something of a success in its opening weekend, producing the trilogy's biggest box office haul yet with $105 million domestic - topping the $76 million of its predecessor - and $225 million worldwide.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania's Shaky Box Office
According to @BORReport, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania grossed $3.78 million on its first Thursday at the box office heading into its second weekend, bringing its current domestic total to $135.11 million.
The figure marks one of the worst domestic box office drops in MCU movie history, having accrued the second-lowest first Thursday (the first full Thursday after opening weekend and its Thursday night previews) in the franchise behind only the $3.5 million of Thor: The Dark World.
A list of all of the MCU's first domestic Thursdays that grossed $5 million or less can be seen below:
- Thor: The Dark World - $3.5 million
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - $3.78 million
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - $3.9 million
- Thor - $4 million
- The Incredible Hulk - $4.2 million
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $4.6 million
- Ant-Man - $4.7 million
- Black Widow - $5 million
Is Ant-Man 3 Starting to Struggle at the Box Office?
After receiving mixed reactions in their opening weekends, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder dropped by around 68% domestically in their second weekends. With Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania again generating divisive reactions, all signs point to another massive drop.
Ant-Man 3 landing just above Thor: The Dark World in terms of its first Thursday in theaters doesn't seem to bode well for its second weekend. As the threequel took home just $105 million in its opening weekend - compared to Thor 4's $143 million and Doctor Strange 2's $185 million - such a drop would be devastating.
Quantumania has been placed in a similar situation to Multiverse of Madness in that it saw diehard MCU fans rush to theaters for the opening weekend to avoid spoilers for its game-changing twists. But once that fanbase saw the film and the mixed reactions became apparent, Doctor Strange 2 suffered a huge dip.
As Quantumania is the first MCU movie of the Multiverse Saga to have a theatrical run in China at the same time as the rest of the world, the increased worldwide gross may make up for major domestic struggles. After all, Ant-Man and the Wasp did find some success in China with a $121.2 million gross there in 2019.
The bad press and lowered excitement surrounding Ant-Man 3 may have left some holding out for the Disney+ release. If Quantumania does go on to struggle in its second weekend and presumably subsequent weeks, that streaming release might even come sooner than expected.