The first real major challenger to James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” at the box-office is Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” which just four weeks away from release.

The first major tentpole of 2023 and the first of three Marvel Cinematic Universe features coming this year, the movie is set to dominate the Presidents Day holiday weekend.

‘Quantumania’ has also now popped up on preliminary box-office tracking. A combination of social and trailer metrics and several days of pre-sales have led to Box-Office Pro estimating that the film will pull in anywhere between $96-131 million in its domestic weekend debut.

They say that if reception to the film is more akin to the more positive MCU-received titles of Phase 4 like “Spider-Man: No Way Home” or “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” then the film could “over-perform” current forecasts.

As a point of comparison, the first film opened with $57.2 million and the second to $75.8 million – both ultimately generated a little over half a billion each at the box office. In addition, the site believes the film will likely end its theatrical run domestically in the $250-350 million range.

Jonathan Majors makes his debut as Kang the Conqueror in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” which also stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and more. The film opens in cinemas on February 17th around the world with a global publicity tour kicking off internationally next week.

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