Thursday, June 20, 2024

Marvel’s Ant Man Quantumania Squashed Like a Bug in 2nd Box Office Weekend, Down 70%


It’s a good thing “Ant Man and the WASP: Quantumania” made a lot of money in its first weekend. In its sophomore outing, the ant and the bee were squashed like bugs.

“Quantumania” fell 70% in week 2, making $32.2 million. If this were an art house film, the execs would be having Champagne parties. But this is a Marvel movie. The US take — $167 mil — is underwhelming to say the least. That’s what an Avengers movie used to bring in on its first day!

Abroad, “Ant Man 3” (easier to type) has banked almost $200 million. So that’s good news. But if the movie drops proportionately this week, a squirt of Raid won’t be needed.

What’s the problem? Maybe just recycling old ideas over and over has finally worn out the Marvel audience. Where’s Tony Stark when you need him?

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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