Friday, April 19, 2024

Disney-Marvel Scores Another Number 1 Friday with “Ant-Man” Sequel


Black Panther, Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and so on. It’s just been a Disney-Marvel summer of movies that are designed to take our minds off of reality of any kind.

Following that schedule, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which is not a Jack Lemmon-Shirley MacLaine movie about a stuck up guy and the off limits girl he loves, opened to a big $33.8 million Friday last night and is headed for an $85 million weekend.

Surfing in on the Marvel Universe of movies, this is a big success for Disney since the first “Ant Man” which did not feature The Wasp, had a $57 million opening weekend. The next episode, building on a theme, will be set in Darien, Connecticut.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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