‘Quantummania’ hits big in its second weekend at the box office
It was a rough second weekend for Marvel Studios.Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” The MCU sequel posted one of Marvel’s biggest drops ever in its second weekend, dropping an estimated 70% for a total of $32.2 million per second frame. Deadline.
Elsewhere, Univeral Pictures’ new horror-comedy “Cocaine Bear” made an impressive debut, beating expectations in its opening weekend.
Marvel’s ‘Quantumania’ had a big second weekend drop
If current estimates hold true, this would be the MCU’s biggest second weekend drop ever. The big drop was probably expected due to the film’s poor reviews, reaching 48% of critics. Rotten tomatoes and an overwhelming audience rating of B with CinemaScore. With a reported budget of at least $200 million, that means “Quantumania” will break even more.
The film’s overseas performance is working in Marvel’s favor. The threequel currently stands at around $363 million worldwide. It’s probably well over $500 million worldwide when all is said and done. Additionally, the film’s domestic total is currently around $167 million. That means it will likely beat or overtake the previous film, “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” which closed with $216 million domestically. However, surpassing the second film’s $622 million worldwide total seems less likely. The first “Ant-Man” film released in 2015 closed with $180.2 million at the domestic box office and $519 million worldwide. It seems almost certain that “Quantum Mania” will surpass these numbers.
Marvel Studios will get another chance to cash in at the box office in a few months when “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” hits theaters on May 5. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” released in 2017, grossed $389 million domestically and $863 million worldwide. As this is the final installment written and directed by James Gunn, and the final iteration of the current Guardians cast, expectations for the next three in the MCU are likely to be very high.
In second place for the weekend was Elizabeth Banks’ new horror-comedy “Cocaine Bear,” which topped its initial projection of $23 million. With a budget of $30-$35 million, it’s sure to be a hit for Universal and a box office hit. Loosely based on a true story, set in the 1980s, the film did decently with critics, scoring 70%. Rotten tomatoes. With a title like “Cocaine Bear,” it clearly seems like moviegoers know what they’re getting into, and the film seems to have delivered that to audiences.
Lionsgate’s faith-based drama “The Jesus Revolution” also had a strong opening weekend, bringing in $15.5 million. The film finished third this weekend. James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” took fourth place. The sequel continues to show amazing legs in the early stages. The film has now grossed $665.3 million domestically and $2.267 billion worldwide. It finished fourth with $4.7 million over the weekend.
Last but not least, DreamWorks Animation’s “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” finished in 5th place. The animated phenomenon brought in an additional $4.1 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $173.4 million and $442 million worldwide. Considering the film only took in a paltry $12 million for its three-day opening weekend, its continued performance has been nothing short of spectacular. It will likely do just under $200 million domestically and well over $450 million worldwide.