We knew it was on the verge of doing so prior to opening in China, but following its debut there Ant-Man and The Wasp has surpassed the box office of the original Ant-Man worldwide. It did so domestically pretty quickly, but due to the staggered international release it took a little longer for the worldwide total to grow.
Following its extremely strong debut in China, where it became the fourth best MCU opening after Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Spider-Man: Homecoming; the worldwide box office total for Ant-Man and The Wasp now currently sits at $544 million. 2015’s Ant-Man finished out at $518 million.
The performance in China is really impressive for what is a small (no pun intended) franchise for Marvel. Ant-Man isn’t one of their marquee heroes and sane people never expected it to turn in Avengers numbers. But for some reason the lighthearted tone of the movie played really well in China, which was enough to put the movie over its predecessor’s total.
Those in the US won’t have to wait long to see Ant-Man and The Wasp again, as the Blu-ray is currently rumored to arrive on shelves in October.