Box Office: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Buzzing to $87 Million Opening

Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is flying high with an impressive $87 million opening weekend at 4,026 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.“Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the 20th title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appears to be performing ahead of Disney’s recent forecasts in the $70 million to $85 million range.

The superhero team-up, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, pulled in a solid $11.5 million on Thursday night.Universal’s “The First Purge” got a two-day head start with a respectable $14 million at 3,031 North American locations on Wednesday and Thursday.

Early estimates placed the fourth iteration of low-cost dystopian horror franchise at $17 million during the Friday-Sunday period.If estimates hold, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will launch with the sixth-highest domestic debut of the year.

Should it over-perform, it could become the 70th title to hit the $90 million mark in its launch weekend.

The sequel will also wind up

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