Saturday, April 13, 2024

Movie Super Hero Fatigue? “Ant Man” Sequel Falls Short of Estimates with $76 Mil Weekend, Much Less Than Predicted


It’s a comic book summer for Marvel and Disney. One hit after another.

And now: “Ant Man and the Wasp” didn’t do the expected, and brought in just $76 million. Disney had estimated $85-$87 million. Still,  the sequel to “Ant Man” made around $19 million more than the first episode which did $57.2 million on its opening weekend.

Is there super hero comic book movie fatigue? Disney has pumped out a bunch of these blockbuster movies this year– from “Black Panther” and “Infinity War” to “Deapool 2” and now this one. Has Disney-Marvel over-saturated?

Interesting: The story of this month is documentaries. The films about Whitney Houston, Mister Rogers, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Long Island triplets separated at birth have captivated audiences. Suddenly, audiences are wanting to hear real stories. Are we seeing a sea change?

Even more interesting: Box office expert Gitesh Pandya notes on Twitter– “Troubling 30% fall from FRI to SAT – bigger drop than all JUL/AUG #MCU pics: #SpiderManHomecoming, #GOTG, #CaptainAmerica & AntMan.”

This “Ant Man” may not have legs, let alone wings.

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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