Disney’s Newest Movie Just Broke a Terrible Record

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Over the decades, The Walt Disney Company has become one of the greatest movie studios in history, creating lasting hits like Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Princess and the Frog, Frozen, Coco, and more. Disney has also had its ups and downs when it comes to success, but while its recent animated movies have seen high highs and low lows, one thing has remained constant — success when it comes to films put out by Marvel. Disney purchased Marvel in 2009, and since then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought in billions.


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On February 17, Disney and Marvel released its newest film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The film saw many actors return to their popular roles, including Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, AKA Ant-Man, Evangeline Lily as Hope, AKA The Wasp, Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, and Michele Pfeiffer as Janet. Kathryn Newton also makes her debut as Scott’s daughter Cassie.

Marvel’s new movie shows Scott, Hope, Cassie, Hank, and Janet stuck in the Quantum Realm, learning how to navigate the area, meeting the creatures who live there, and battle Marvel’s new big villain, Kang (played by Jonathan Majors).

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has been in theaters for less than two weeks, but has made nearly $400 million worldwide. While that seems like a great number, the movie also just broke a terrible record for Marvel. According to reports, the movie saw a 70% drop in box office revenue in its second week, the largest drop ever for a Marvel film.

Per Forbes:

Although theatrical box office is recovering from the worst of its pandemic losses, the latest blockbuster superhero sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is suffering a big drop in its second weekend, with just $30+ million domestic. The third entry in this MCU franchise is clocking a 70% decline off its opening North American bow, and a whopping 80% Friday-to-Friday cliff-dive, for the all-time worst shrinkage for Marvel Studios.

A brutal (relatively, for Marvel at least) B grade from audiences via Cinemascore leaves Quantumania tied with Eternals as the worst-received MCU film of the studio’s 31 theatrical releases to date. The first Thor movie received a B+ Cinemascore, and all of the rest of the MCU received A-, A, or A+ grades.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was released less than three weeks after Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, an incredibly successful film that has been nominated for numerous awards. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 is scheduled to be released on May 5, 2023, and is expected to do very well in theaters.

While Quantumania has underperformed in theaters, it’s possible that the film could still see moderate success when it hits Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+. Disney and Marvel have not announced when the movie will come to the streamer.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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