This image released by Marvel Studios shows a scene from "Ant-Man and the Wasp." (Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)
The Associated Press
Marvel Studios landed its 20th straight no. 1 box-office debut with an uncharacteristically small superhero for the swaggering comic-book juggernaut. "Ant-Man and the Wasp" opened with $75.8 million, according to final studio figures Monday.
While not approaching the heights accustomed to by Thor or Captain America, Disney's "Ant-Man" sequel easily surpassed the $57 million debut of the 2015 original.
Befitting the summer season, the weekend's top five films were all sequels. The films that trailed "Ant-Man" hit milestones. Disney's "Incredibles 2" passed "Finding Dory" to become Pixar's top-grossing film domestically, not accounting for inflation. Universal's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" crossed $1 billion worldwide.
The weekend's other new wide release was Blumhouse Productions' "The First Purge," the fourth film in the low-budget horror franchise about an annual 12-hour period of lawlessness. It took in $31.3 million over five days since opening on July 4th.
The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:
1. "Ant-Man and the Wasp," Disney, $75,812,205, 4,206 locations, $18,025 average, $75,812,205, 1 Week.