Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania

World box office February 17-19

RankFilm (distributor)3-day (world) Cume (world)3-day (int’l) Cume (int’l) Territories
 1. Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania (Disney)  $225.3m  $225.3m  $121.3m  $121.3m  44
 2. Avatar: The Way Of Water (Disney)
 $16.8m  $2.24bn  $10.7m  $1.59bn  53
 3. Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal)  $15.2m  $421.6m  $9.9m  $225.6m  81
 4. The Wandering Earth 2 (various)  $12.3m  $573m  $12.3m  $568.4m  7
 5. Titanic 25 Year Anniversary (Disney)
 $10.3m  $48m  $8m  $35.6m  53
 6. Magic Mike’s Last Dance (Warner Bros)  $10.1m  $37.7m  $4.6m  $19.6m  42
 7. Full River Red (various)  $9.4m  $647.1m  $9.4m  $647.1m  2
 8. 2 (various)  $6.4m  $16.3m  $6.4m  $16.3m  1
 9. Knock At The Cabin (Universal)  $5.4m  $47.3m  $1.6m  $16.9m  67
 10. Astetix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom (various)  $4.8m  $34.5m  $4.8m  $34.5m  6

‘Quantumania’ opening shoots higher than earlier ‘Ant-Man’ films

Disney has scored a strong opening with its latest Marvel film Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania – delivering the biggest debut weekend of any film with Ant-Man in the title. This third Ant-Man film has begun with an estimated $104m in North America and $121m in 44 international markets, combining for $225m worldwide.

The North America domestic number compares with $57.2m for Ant-Man in 2015 and $75.9m for 2018 sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp.

Including the President’s Day Monday holiday, the four-day North America estimate for Quantumania is $118m – the third-biggest President’s Day weekend opening ever, behind Black Panther ($242m) and Deadpool ($152m).

For international, comparisons are trickier, due to different releasing models – for example, the original Ant-Man began its international rollout into 37 countries (grossing $55.4m).

Disney’s own statistics compare Quantumania with the earlier two films in like-for-like markets but exclude China. By this model, the $102m non-China international debut for Quantumania compares with $66m for Ant-Man in all international markets, and $98m for Ant-Man And The Wasp.

Outside North America, Quantumania opened strongest in China with $19.2m, followed by UK/Ireland with an estimated $10.9m, then Mexico ($8.7m), South Korea ($7.2m), Australia ($5.3m), Indonesia ($5.1m), and Germany and France (both $4.5m). It’s rare for Indonesia to provide one of the top opening territories on a US studio film.

Quantumania was the top film in 39 of the 43 international markets, and the top non-local film in the other four (France, Denmark, Finland and Taiwan).

The film performed particularly strongly in non-China Asia ($39m of the international total), and delivered one of the 10 best openings for a US studio film in the pandemic era in Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

In Latin America, where the total is an estimated $22m, Quantumania achieved 74% market share across the region, and delivered one of the 10 best openings for a US studio film in the pandemic era in Brazil, Argentina, Central America, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador.

Quantumania is chasing a lifetime total of $519.3m for Ant-Man and $622.7m for Ant-Man And The Wasp. China box office for the latter was $121.2m, which Quantumania is evidently not going to match (given the $19.2m debut there) – so it will need to make up the shortfall in other territories.

The new film launches Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ now third-biggest film of all time

Disney’s Avatar: The Way Of Water has overtaken Titanic in the all-time global ranking to become the third-biggest film of all time, behind only Avatar and Avengers: Endgame.

James Cameron’s Pandora adventure added an estimated $16.8m at the weekend, taking the global total to $2.2433bn.

The Way Of Water has just become the biggest film of all time in Germany (with $138.0m). It was already the biggest film of all time in France ($147.9m) and in 20 other countries. Additionally, it’s the biggest US studio film of all time in India, South Korea and three other markets.

The 25th-year anniversary rerelease of Titanic added an estimated $10.3m, taking the total for the reissue to $48.0m, and Titanic overall to $2.2428bn.

Disney has grossed more than $1bn globally in 2023, after just seven weeks – with a $1.28bn total.

‘Puss In Boots 2’ posts strong hold – passes $420m worldwide

Universal’s release of DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots: The Last Wish continues its strong and steady run, adding another estimated $5.3m in North America (down just 6% from the previous weekend), and $9.9m for international (down 22%). Respective totals are $166.1m and $255.6m, combining for $421.6m worldwide.

The Last Wish has now overtaken Uncharted to be the ninth-biggest US studio release of 2022 globally.

The school holiday in UK/Ireland saw the film perform powerfully in that market, raising the total to $20.7m after three weekends of play. The territory has now overtaken France ($20.6m after 11 weeks of release) to become the second biggest internationally, behind only Mexico ($24.8m after nine weeks).

The Last Wish is chasing the $555.0m achieved by the original Puss In Boots, released in 2011.