Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the third installment in the superhero movie franchise headlined by Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, didn’t disappoint, generating an estimated $104 million in North American ticket sales through Feb. 19.
That’s the highest box office opening for the trilogy, which is expected to approach $120 million through the Presidents Day holiday Feb. 20 — upping the movie’s global total to around $225 million. The original 2015 Ant-Man opened to $57.2 million domestically, while the 2018 sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, opened to $75.8 million.
In the runner-up box office spot, 20th Century Studios’ enduring Avatar: The Way of Water added an estimated $6.2 million in revenue through the weekend, and $7.5 million through Monday — upping the movie’s global haul past $2.219 billion, ahead of 1997’s Titanic as the all-time No. 3 grossing movie.
Universal Pictures’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish continued to show strong legs, adding an estimated $5.3 million in weekend revenue, rising to more than $7 million through the holiday.
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ erstwhile HBO Max original movie moved to theatrical Magic Mike’s Last Dance dropped to No. 4 from the previous weekend’s pole position, adding a projected $5 million through Sunday; $6 million through Feb. 20.
Universal’s psychological thriller Knock at the Cabin added $3.9 million, which is projected to increase to almost $4.5 million through Monday. Paramount Pictures’ Super Bowl-themed 80 for Brady realized another $3.6 million in ticket sales, followed by Sony Pictures’ A Man Called Otto with $1.6 million and Universal’s newest horror movie M3GAN with $1.3 million.
Both M3GAN and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish are available to rent or purchase on PVOD and PEST.