under control; the reported figure is about $162 million. That is a little more than what the first installment cost, but the budget is still small enough to easily turn a profit. Ant-Man and the Wasp’s break even point should be around $324 million worldwide, which is a figure it should be able to pass. Its strange release pattern internationally (due to the World Cup) complicates matters, as it has still yet to open in several markets.
While Ant-Man and the Wasp should be another MCU success, its relatively muted turnout does raise questions about the future of the sub-franchise. Of course, not everything is going to earn $600+ million in the States, but Wasp is going to finish well below Marvel’s trio of 2017 blockbusters and even 2016’s Doctor Strange ($232.6 million). The Ant-Man creative team is thinking about possible third installments, but with other properties clearly more viable (and others on the way), Marvel may decide to invest in other characters for standalone films, leaving Ant-Man and the Wasp to take part in team-ups.