Upon Further Review, “Ant-Man and The Wasp” won’t even match “Ant-Man” at the box office

antmanReviews weren’t stellar, because truth be told, you cannot take the world by surprise but once. Repetition is a real risk. And there isn’t much chemistry between the funny Paul Rudd and the fetching Evangeline Lilly.

But “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” the latest Marvel money-maker to stomp onto way too many screens, was at least supposed to best 2015’s “Ant-Man,” in terms of take. Opening weekend projections were in the $100 million range, modest for Marvel (a few figured $130 million was within reach).

And all weekend long, those estimates shrank. And shrank. Well, maybe $94, OK, 88, Yeah, well, $88, $81. $76?

That means, Forbes says, that the movie won’t earn, all-in, as much as its predecessor at the domestic box office.

Competition shouldn’t be an issue, but The Rock has proven to be a superhero-in-tights killer, and “Skyscraper” opens this weekend. It will do just fine, but Marvel has over-saturated the market, and that may be starting to show. The whole universe is in flux, with contracts expiring, Thanos vaporizing all manner of characters and the smartest actors (Downey, Evans, Jackson, Renner) knowing it’s time to move on.

I was figuring “Ant-Man” would have a “Solo” sized drop its second weekend, simply because it’s not a funny, interesting or coherent sequel or stand-alone popcorn pic.


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