Already beset with abysmal critical reviews, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania seems to be struggling at the box office. The film, which debuted last Friday, has witnessed a 70 percent drop in its second weekend box office earnings.
The Paul Rudd-led MCU title debuted at #1 in the global box office, earning a massive $105 million domestically. As a result, it became the first title in the Ant-Man trilogy to earn more than $100 million domestically in three days. However, its second weekend earnings dropped by 70 percent, making it the MCU’s second biggest weekend drop in its history.
Drastic second-weekend drops have unfortunately become a trend with Marvel’s Multiverse Saga films. Unlike previous MCU phases in which Marvel movies demonstrated solid legs following their opening weekend debuts. The Multiverse Saga has witnessed the average weekend-to-weekend percentage drop of MCU titles go up by nine percent.
The following phase four films all witnessed significant drops in earnings after their opening weekends: Eternals (62 percent), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (63 percent), Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (67 percent), Spider-Man: No Way Home (67 percent), Black Widow (68 percent), and Thor: Love And Thunder (68 percent). However, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has set a new record low with its 70 percent weekend-weekend drop.
Regardless of its poor second weekend outing, experts still expect Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to be domestically profitable for Marvel Studios. Currently, the film has grossed $167.3 million in the United States and Canada. Furthermore, according to The Numbers, it has also earned $196.3 million from foreign markets. This brings its total global gross to date to $363.6 million.
In addition, according to IndieWire, Marvel spent $200 million developing the film, including publicity and marketing costs. So although it is not currently profitable, it will definitely not be considered a flop.