Marvel's latest turn at the box office, Ant-Man, won the weekend… but now everyone seems to be debating on whether it was a hit or a miss. The film pulled in roughly $56.4 million domestically and $114 million world wide. What was it expected to do? That seems to be mixed. Some say it was in the $60 to $65 million range while others had it in the $55 to $60 million. Going with the latter, the movie did as expected and a little better overseas.
But whether you look it as a success or not really comes down to your expectations. No, it didn't do anywhere near Guardians of the Galaxy at $94 million. But it is on par with the openings for both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. It also has an 'A' Cinemascope rating, which means fans are liking the movie and tell people about it. Plus it is the 12th Marvel Studio film to open up as #1.
If you look at this like the First Avenger where Cap was introduced then went on to be in the Avengers. This led to Captain America: The Winter Soldier with huge numbers. And Ant-Man was a far more obscure hero. Now he goes on to be in Captain America: Civil War… which means Ant-Man 2 is where to expect the $80 to $90 million opening.
For me… I think Ant-Man lived up to and exceeded expectations.