“Quantumania” leads the Presidents Day weekend box office

Marvel Studios took home another $100 million opening weekend at the box office with the “Ant-Man” trio.Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” The new Marvel release had a huge opening with an estimated $105.5 million for its opening three-day weekend and is currently projected to finish with around $120 million for the four-day holiday weekend. Deadline.

Elsewhere, James Cameron’s ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ has officially surpassed his previous film ‘Titanic’ to become the third highest-grossing film of all time at the global box office.

‘Quantumania’ Leads Presidents Day Weekend, ‘Avatar 2’ Climbs Rankings

It’s the biggest opening weekend ever for the solo “Ant-Man” franchise. The first film opened with $57.5 million in 2015. Its sequel, “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” opened to $75.8 million in 2018. Deadline the film’s overseas weekend is also estimated at $121 million. This brings the worldwide total to $226.5 million between the three-day weekend and Sunday.

“Quantumania” has not fared well with critics, with a current critic score of 47% Rotten tomatoes. This is the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score for a Marvel Studios film since 2021’s “The Eternals,” which received the same score. However, Marvel Studios movies still generally generate big openings and are very popular at the box office. It will be interesting to see how the sequel does in the coming weekends.

Michelle Pfeiffer is Disney and Marvel

“Quantum Mania” promises more action, scale, adventure and thrills for Ant-Man and his supporting cast this time around, with the hero facing off against the remarkable villain Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors in the film. It looks like Kang will be the franchise’s main villain as “Quantumania” sets up future installments such as “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” which will be released on May 2, 2025.

Quantumania stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp, Kathryn Newton as Scott’s daughter Cassie, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne. Peyton Reed returns to direct the third film from a script by Jeff Loveness.

Meanwhile, at No. 2, Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” continues to perform in theaters, bringing in another $6.45 million for its three-day total and about $7.9 million for the four-day weekend. On Sunday, “The Way of Water” officially grossed $2.2432 billion at the worldwide box office, surpassing “Titanic”’s $2.2428 billion.

Avatar filmmaker James Cameron and Jon Landau's Hand and Footprint at the cement ceremony

“The Way of Water” pulled in an estimated $657 million domestically and $1.586 billion overseas, making it the third highest-grossing film of all time. Filmmaker Cameron has three of the highest-grossing films of all time at the global box office, with “Avatar” at No. 1, “Avatar: The Journey” at No. 3, and Titanic at No. 4. It also received an Oscar nomination in the best film category.

At this current rate, with its continued strong box office performance, “The Way of Water” is likely to edge closer to $700 million domestically. The original “Avatar” grossed about $749 million in its first domestic release. “The Way of Water” likely won’t reach that mark before it leaves theaters, but it’s approaching and may even surpass $700 million.


At No. 3 was the hit ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’, which has consistently outperformed since its release in December. The film has now brought in another $7.05 million for the holiday weekend, bringing its domestic total to around $167.8 million. Overseas, the film earned an estimated $421.6 million, and its numbers continue to climb. Considering that the animated sequel was already released on home video-on-demand, its strong box office performance was nothing short of impressive. The film was also nominated for an Oscar in the category of best animated film.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania,” “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” are still playing in theaters.

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