With there being so many box office bombs this summer, Marvel will be please to have got into the autumn with ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ and ‘Ant-Man’ having fared rather well.
Sure, ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’s’ $1.4 billion box office haul easily dwarfed ‘Ant-Man’s’ $454.7 million total, but that hasn’t stopped Marvel from ordering a sequel to the diminutive adventure.
And it looks as though their decision has immediately been vindicated, because, according to Variety, ‘Ant-Man’ has now helped itself to the second highest opening weekend gross in Chinese box office history.
‘Ant-Man’ took in $43.2 million last weekend in China over last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which allowed it to top the foreign box office charts. The only other film to beat ‘Ant-Man’s’ opening weekend amount in China was ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, which amassed $156 million earlier this year.
‘Ant-Man’ has fared much better overseas than it did in the USA. Domestically, ‘Ant-Man’ only took in $178 million, which is less than ever other Marvel film, bar ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’.
However, abroad ‘Ant-Man’ did rather well, taking in a further $266 million, which means that it easily brought in its production costs back.
Because of this triumph, ‘Ant-Man’s’ place amongst the Marvel glitterati has been confirmed, for the time being at least.
Paul Rudd’s tiny hero will star in a 2018 sequel, entitled ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’, with Evangeline Lily’s character being promoted to a titular star.
Plus Rudd will also make an appearance in next summer’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’, which will finally be released on May 6, 2016. However, since he’s so tiny and there will be a dozen or so other superheroes jostling for supremacy in the blockbuster, it might actually be quite hard to spot him in it.
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