‘Ant-Man & The Wasp’ Whips Up $68M China Bow; ‘Meg’ Mints $400M+; ‘Crazy Rich’ Starts In Asia – International Box Office

Refresh for latest: Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp buzzed into China this weekend, winging to a $68M start there. The 4th best MCU opening ever in the market is also the 3rd highest of the year for a Hollywood movie in China. It zaps the worldwide AM&TW total up to $544.1M, and the international box office cume to $332.6M with Japan still to come.

Including China and 27 other offshore markets, the full weekend was $71.2M. The critters this frame overtook the unadjusted global tally of the first film and are running 35% above it overseas.

The China debut on the Paul Rudd sequel came in 66% ahead of the first Ant-Man and included $7.2M from IMAX, making it the best August weekend launch ever for the format there.

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Also in China, Warner Bros/Gravity Pictures’ The Meg clenched super midweeks, ranking No. 1 Monday-Thursday. Over the weekend, however, the shark jumped aside and landed No. 3 behind the Marvel insects and new local entry Big Brother, starring Donnie Yen. The Meg‘s cume in China is $143M a few days before Mission: Impossible – Fallout jumps into the market.

The Meg continues to show its teeth outside China, too, crossing both the $300M overseas and $400M worldwide milestones this session. The weekend was worth $32.7M in 65 markets including No. 1 openings in 9 out of 10 new hubs and maintaining No. 1 in 17 holdover markets. The sci-fi shark has also taken over from Rampage’s sci-fi ape to become the top WB title of 2018 across Latin America.  

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Elsewhere, Warner Bros’ Crazy Rich Asians hit its first South East Asian markets. The domestic juggernaut grossed $6M in 18 markets including seeing records in Singapore and Malaysia where it had the biggest openings ever for a romantic comedy. The film is set in Singapore and was shot there. Some local backlash in recent weeks over representation appears not to have dented the debut.

Also, Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 has now cumed $1.141B worldwide to move into the 19th slot on the all-time chart. In the UK it is the 2nd biggest animated release ever.

Breakdowns on the films above and more are being updated below.

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

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In its 8th weekend, Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp swooped into China, not the last of its offshore markets in what has been a staggered release, but certainly the biggest for the size-morphers. A $68M start in the Middle Kingdom makes the Peyton Reed-helmed sequel the 4th best bow for an MCU title in the market. It’s also the 3rd best of 2018 for a non-local pic. The full weekend was $71.2M in 28 markets for an international cume of $332.6M and a global haul of $544.1M.

Douban is giving Ant-Man a 7.2 and he has a little bit of time to stretch his legs in China, but Mission: Impossible – Fallout is hot on his tail debuting this coming Friday. The opening was 66% bigger than the previous Ant-Man standalone and brought with it $7.2M from IMAX for the best August start of a movie in the format in the market.

Holds elsewhere continued to be solid, including in Germany (-15%), Poland (-32%), Italy (-36%), the UK (-42%) and France (-43%).

The Top 5 hubs to date are now China ($68M), Korea ($42.4M), the UK ($19.8M), Mexico ($15M) and Australia ($14.6M).

Next weekend opens Japan.

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