Ant-Man was always going to be a bit of a risk for Marvel – with its relatively niche source material and unconventional use of Paul Rudd.
And indeed, it failed to set the US box office alight on its release over the summer, pulling in $57.2 million (£37 million) on its opening weekend, becoming the second lowest opener for Marvel outside of 2008’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’ with Ed Norton, which made $55.4 million (£35.8 million).
Put that next to the admittedly higher profile opening of $156 million (£100.8 million) for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron’, and you’ve got an idea of scale.
However, it may just have had its reprieve, due to a eye-poppingly impressive three-day score in China.
It made a whopping $43.2 million (£28 million) over the weekend, despite the Chinese market having to wait over three months to see it.
It’s now made a much more respectable $454.8 million (£294 million) in all worldwide, off a production budget of $130 million (£84 million). This makes it the ninth most successful Marvel movie - ahead of ‘Thor’, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’, but behind the first ‘Iron Man’ film.
The sum might reassure Marvel that there is love for Rudd’s miniaturised superhero going into the sequel.
'Ant-Man and The Wasp’, which sees Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne taking up the role of the Wasp, is due for July 6, 2018.
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