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Marking the first studio event photo of 2023, the third film from Marvel Studios and Disney’s standalone superhero series is heading for a franchise-best domestic debut of $110-120 million on Presidents Day. box officeincluding $100 million for the three days.

Overseas, it raised $52.6 million to finish Friday with an early global tally of $98.6 million. This includes Friday’s North American haul of $46 million from more than 4,300 theaters.

Ant-Man 3′The estimated domestic figure of $100 million over three days would put its opening 30% ahead of the latest film.

The first one The ant Man launched at $57.2 million domestically in its first three-day weekend, the lowest start of any MCU offering, on track to earn $519.3 million worldwide. Three years later, the second film, Ant-Man and the Wasp, started with $75.8 million in North America before peaking at $622.7 million worldwide. Preview earnings for the two films were $6 million and $12 million, respectively.

The threequel reunites the director Peyton Roseau with actors Paul Rudd And Evangeline Lily. The cast also includes Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonathan Majors, Kathryn Newton, Bill Murray, Katy O’Brian, William Jackson Harper, James Cutler and David Dastmalchian.

A challenge for Quantumania: The film’s critics score on Rotten Tomatoes is currently 48%, the second worst of any film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind Eternals (47 percent), and notably behind the Tomatometer ranking for 2012 The ant Man (83%) and 2015 Ant-Man and the Wasp (87 percent). Generally speaking, male superhero fare is more immune to low ratings than other genres.

The public is also less enthusiastic. Moviegoers gave the film a B CinemaScore, compared to A for the first The ant Man and A- for the second.

Ant Man 3 made a huge 3D push following the success of Avatar: The Way of the Water and, most recently, a 3D remastered edition of Titanic. The extra cost for the format could result in a mid to high teen bump for Quantumania. And overall, Imax and other premium-format screens accounted for 43% of Friday’s activity.

Black Panther remains the Presidents Day crown holder with a four-day gross of $242.2 million, followed by dead Pool with $152.2 million and Fifty shades of Grey ($93 million), not adjusted for inflation.

Abroad, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania appears to start with between $130 million and $190 million after starting with a two-day gross of $23.8 million in its top 43 markets. It was released Friday in China.