Refresh for latest…: Disney/Marvels Ant-Man And The Wasp buzzed into China this weekend, winging to a $68M start there. The 4th best MCU opening ever in the market is also the 3rd highest of the year for a Hollywood movie in China. It zaps the worldwide AM&TW total up to $544.1M, and the international box office cume to $332.6M with Japan still to come. Including China and 27 other offshore markets, the full weekend was $71.2M and now sets the critters running 35% above the original film.
The China debut on the Paul Rudd sequel came in 66% ahead of the first Ant-Man and included $7.2M from IMAX, making it the best August weekend launch ever for the format there.
Also in China, Warner Bros/Gravity Pictures The Meg clenched super midweeks, ranking No. 1 Monday-Thursday. Over the weekend, however, the shark jumped aside and landed No. 3 behind the Marvel insects and new local entry Big Brother, starring Donnie Yen. The Megs cume in China is $143M a few days before Mission: Impossible – Fallout jumps into the market.
The Meg continues to show its teeth outside China, too, crossing both the $300M overseas and $400M worldwide milestones this session. The weekend was worth $32.7M in 65 markets including No. 1 openings in 9 out of 10 new hubs and maintaining No. 1 in 17 holdover markets. The sci-fi shark has also taken over from Rampages sci-fi ape to become the top WB title of 2018 across Latin America.
Elsewhere, Warner Bros Crazy Rich Asians hit its first South East Asian markets. The domestic juggernaut grossed $6M in 18 markets including seeing records in Singapore and Malaysia where it had the biggest openings ever for a romantic comedy. The film is set in Singapore and was shot there. Some local backlash in recent weeks over representation appears not to have dented the debut.
Also, Disney/Pixars Incredibles 2 has now cumed $1.141B worldwide to move into the 19th slot on the all-time chart. In the UK it is the 2nd biggest animated release ever.
Breakdowns on the films above and more are being updated below.