Despite being left out of Avengers: Infinity War, it appears as if the heroes of Ant-Man and The Wasp can more than hold their own at the box office.
Industry analysts predict the Marvel Studios sequel will earn somewhere between $70 million and $80 million in its North American opening weekend. This puts it on pace to outperform 2015's Ant-Man, which opened domestically with a solid $57 million, on its way to a worldwide total of $519 million.
Benefiting Ant-Man and The Wasp is an Independence Day weekend opening, along with a slightly stronger word of mouth than the first film. The latest sequel currently boasts an impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 84 percent, compared to its predecessor's 82 percent.
The Marvel Studios release will face competition from The First Purge, with the thriller prequel opening Wednesday to take advantage of the holiday weekend. Additionally, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stands poised to cross the $1 billion worldwide box office mark over the course of the coming weekend. Despite that, Ant-Man and The Wasp looks to easily top the holiday weekend, with The First Purge tracking for a $25 million extended opening. All in all, it's an impressive feat for Marvel's size-changing superhero.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park, and Walton Goggins. The film arrives in theaters on July 6.