It was a shaky box-office weekend for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and ‘Skyscraper’

Animated features are having a big summer at the box office, with Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation taking the top spot over the weekend and joining Incredibles 2 among the top five films in theaters. That doesn’t come as much of a surprise, given that animated franchises traditionally bring families into air-conditioned theaters during the heat of summer.

What has been a bit unexpected, though, are some of the films that haven’t been able to fill theaters.

Dwayne Johnson’s latest action-adventure film, Skyscraper, debuted in third place over the weekend and fell short of the $30 million premiere that box-office pundits and the studio anticipated. The film, which casts Johnson as a security expert attempting to rescue his family from the upper reaches of the world’s tallest skyscraper, received a lukewarm response from audiences (and a “B+” grade on CinemaScore), and left professional critics divided with a 50-percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total   Worldwide Total 
1. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation  $44.1M $45.3M $100.1M
2. Ant-Man and the Wasp  $28.8M $132.8M $283.7M
3. Skyscraper $25.4M $25.4M $65.8M
4. Incredibles 2 $16.2M $535.8M $856.9M
5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $15.5M $363.2M $1.13B
6. The First Purge $9.1M $49.5M $72.6M
7. Sorry to Bother You $4.2M $5.3M $5.3M
8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado $3.8M $43.2M $59M
9. Uncle Drew $3.2M $36.6M $38M
10. Ocean’s 8 $2.9M $132.2M $251.4M

Meanwhile, Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp suffered a big drop in its second week, and joined Guardians of the Galaxy, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Captain America: The First Avenger as the only movies in Marvel’s cinematic universe to lose the top spot at the box office the week after their premiere. The sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man is proving to be one of Marvel’s smallest movies in more than a few ways, as it’s on pace to finish among the lowest-grossing films in the MCU both domestically and worldwide.

At its current rate of ticket sales, Ant-Man and the Wasp stands a chance — albeit a slim one — of passing the $180.2 million its predecessor earned in U.S. theaters, but it’s probably not going to equal the $519.3 million that Ant-Man earned worldwide.  Of the 20 films released in the MCU so far, the original Ant-Man is currently the 17th highest-grossing film domestically and the 16th highest-grossing film worldwide.

In other noteworthy news, Incredibles 2 continued its wild run in theaters by adding another $16.2 million domestically over the weekend, extending its lead as the highest-grossing animated feature of all time in U.S. theaters (although Frozen still holds that record worldwide). The film also just passed The Dark Knight on the list of the all-time, highest-grossing movies domestically, moving into ninth place on that list.

This upcoming weekend brings a few lower-profile films to the theater that are all sequels, and could each attract a respectable audience, but aren’t likely to challenge the major players at the box office right now. Among them is Denzel Washington’s first-ever sequel, The Equalizer 2, as well as the musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and the horror sequel Unfriended: Dark Web.


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