With three weeks to go until the release of Marvel Studios’ final Phase Two offering, it’s being reported that Ant-Man is tracking a domestic opening weekend of $55-$60 million.
While that’s certainly a solid opening for a new franchise, the bottom end of that range would put it on par with Marvel’s lowest-grossing film to date, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which pulled in an opening weekend of $55.4 million on its way to a domestic total of $134.8 million and worldwide gross of $263.4 million. Marvel’s next two lowest earners, Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor, both opened with $65 million in 2011.
Of course, the international box office has come a long way since 2008, as has awareness of the Marvel brand, so you’d have to expect Ant-Man to exceed its domestic opening weekend overseas, and comfortably overtake the global haul of The Incredible Hulk and Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6 million). But will it have enough appeal to catch Thor’s $449.3 million?
Anyway, while we await the release of Ant-Man, here’s another couple of TV spots, just in case you haven’t seen enough so far…
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th, with Peyton Reed (Down with Love) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Maggie, Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play) as Paxton, Michael Peña (American Hustle) as Luis, Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness) as Cassie Lang, David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight) as Kurt, Wood Harris (The Wire) as Gale, T.I. (American Gangster) as Dave, Jordi Molla (Riddick) as Castillo, and Gregg Turkington (The Comedy) and Martin Donovan (Inherent Vice) in as yet-unrevealed roles.