"Ant-Man" Domestic Box Office Surpasses "Captain America: The First Avenger"

Two months into its theatrical run and "Ant-Man" is proving that it has legs. Forbes has reported that the film has hit $177.5 million at the domestic box office, bumping it up past 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger" on the list of Marvel Studios' top earners. The Paul Rudd starring film now sits above both the first "Cap" film and 2008's "Incredible Hulk," with earned $176.6M and $134.8M respectively.

The new total puts "Ant-Man" right in the top ten of Marvel's twelve films, a feat that might not seem impressive until you take into account that it was also Marvel's cheapest production to date; "Ant-Man" only cost $130M to make.

With it's China release date looming ahead, it's very likely that "Ant-Man" will also pass the first "Thor" film, which earned $181M domestically and $449.3M worldwide. "Ant-Man's" worldwide total stands at $401.4M as of this past weekend.

Evidence of "Ant-Man's" box office staying power comes just after "Batman v Superman" director Zack Snyder publicly poked at the film, calling it a "flavor of the week." "Ant-Man" opens in China on October 16.

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