With the astronomical success that Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and Incredibles 2 have had this year, any superhero film not making upwards of three-quarters of a billion dollars or higher kind of seems like a let down in a way, but that’s not actually the case at all. Sure, Ant-Man and the Wasp was much quieter than the aforementioned films, but its $451+ million worldwide total and its estimated $162 million budget would definitely put it into the successful category and not scare Marvel Studios and Disney away from making the third film in the franchise later on. One could argue, had it not been for it being released during the World Cup, its total would’ve been even higher.
It also depends on when a film is released that determines how well it’s going to do at the box office. Summer films tend to do better numbers as more people are heading to the theaters. Many have also pointed towards Deadpool 2‘s totals being lower than the original due to what else was in theaters at the time, and while it did incredibly well regardless, it could have done even better.
Next up on the superhero docket is none other than Sony’s Venom, due in theaters on October 5th. While October isn’t the industry’s go-to month for blockbusters, Venom is still tracking to put up some impressive numbers. Early estimates had it forecasting around $30-$50 million on its opening weekend, but after the second trailer for the film becoming the most-watched trailer from the Spider-Man Universe, estimates have gone up.
Box Office Pro has reconfigured their estimations and now put them at a $65 million opening weekend, with a high range of $85 million. If Venom does these kinds of numbers, Sony will not only have a film to base a shared universe on, they’ll also hold the October opening weekend record, currently held by 2013’s Gravity at $55.8 million. Only time will tell if it’s able to do it, but it’s looking good!