Ant-Man Has a Strong Opening Weekend With $104 Million for “Quantumania.”

Even though Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a bumpy start, Ant-Man is doing better than ever financially.

According to studio projections from Sunday, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” debuted with $104 million in American ticket sales, easily outpacing the box office debuts of the other two Ant-Man movies. “Quantumania” by The Walt Disney Company brought in an additional $121.3 million abroad, giving the little hero a $225 million global launch.

It is without a doubt the biggest opening of the year to date. Yet “Quantumania” succeeded despite an uncharacteristically negative response for the 31st MCU movie. The only MCU movie to rate as awful next to “Eternals” (47%), “Quantumania,” starring Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, has a fresh rating of 48% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also receiving a “B” CinemaScore from viewers, “Quantumania” wasn’t well received. Only one other MCU movie has a CinemaScore as low, and that movie is “Eternals.”

These ratings, which came in the wake of the comic book franchise’s post-“Avengers: Endgame” phase four’s mixed reception, will be Marvel’s biggest worry as it moves forward with the release of phase five of the MCU. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be released in May.

Source: AP News