Disney has certainly made some astute decisions recently. The clean-up of the Walt Disney Company that was long overdue has begun, and with it, there have been a lot of apparent improvements in the world of Disney as well. Most recently, by the numbers, Disney seems to be on a winning streak. While last year the company lost over $120 billion, this year they’ve already posted $1 billion from both the North American box office and the global box office, a short six weeks into 2023. And a large part of that has been Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and its wildly successful opening weekend.
Related: Is Disney Finally Taking the Right Steps? Recent Numbers Show Company Already Taking 2023 By Storm
As reported by journalist Scott Gustin, Marvel Studios’s latest Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumaniabased in the Marvel Cinematic Universe brought in $249.7 million globally over its opening weekend. It has so far been the best debut of the franchise posting $120.1 million in the domestic box office and adding another $129.6 million internationally.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania brought in $249.7 million globally over the weekend, Disney said on Tuesday. #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania
The film posted a franchise-best debut of $120.1 million with an additional $129.6 million internationally. pic.twitter.com/uM8BTW9w3Y
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) February 21, 2023
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe-based film itself did not receive favorable reviews from critics, fans have stood by it; Forbes even called it the “worst-reviewed movie.” Fans on Twitter shared, “Don’t believe the negative reviews. Entertaining, better than God of Thunder & Eternals but not as good as first Ant Man.”
Deanna Berry added about the Marvel film, “I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Very Star Wars meets Pandora vibe in the Quantum Realm.”
Related: Discussion: Will Bob Iger’s New “Quality Over Quantity” Strategy Help or Hurt Disney?
The movie has more than proven its popularity with its success. It might be yet another sign that current Disney CEO Bob Iger’s return is working in Disney’s favor, with so many fans willing to speak out for Disney and Marvel again. In addition to this Ant-Man movie, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water has also contributed to Disney’s success at the domestic box office and international box office this year. And the fact remains, whether critics agree or not, Disney has 250 million reasons (so far) why Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was a good move for the Walt Disney Company on the whole.