In Chinese culture the ant is known as “the righteous insect.” The box-office performance of Disney and Marvel’s superhero saga “Ant-Man” in that country has been righteous in its own right.
“Ant-Man” brought in $22 million in its second weekend behind the Great Wall, the studio reported Sunday. That lifted its total there to more than $81 million in just 10 days of release. Last weekend’s $43 million debut was the second-largest three-day opening for a Disney-Marvel movie in China, behind only “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Starring Paul Rudd as the diminutive superhero, “Ant-Man” has been gigantic overseas for Disney. It has taken in $315 million abroad and, with nearly $180 million domestically, it is bearing down on $500 million in worldwide grosses.
Fox’s “The Martian,” which topped the domestic box office for the third time in four weeks, was also the No. 1 movie abroad and globally this weekend. It brought in $30 million from 72 markets and lifted its international total over the $200 million mark after just four weekends.
France highlighted this weekend’s debuts for “The Martian.” The Matt Damon sci-fi saga directed by Ridley Scott was No. 1 there with $6.7 million, topping the French openings of “Interstellar” and “Prometheus.”