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The stars were out in force for the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania premiere held at the BFI IMAX Waterloo on Thursday night. 

Catherine Zeta-Jones – whose husband Michael Douglas stars in the film – looked gorgeous in a pale blue busty gown while Evangeline Lilly looked very glamorous.

The actress, 53, was the epitome of chic in the one-shoulder design which cinched her in at the waist and had a flattering floor length design.

Catherine accessorised with simple silver bracelets and wore her brunette hair in loose waves while opting for bronzed makeup.

Elsewhere Evangeline, 43, – who plays Hope van Dyne/Wasp – dazzled in a dramatic silver sequin dress which had glittery tassels all over it.  

Catherine Zeta Jones

Evangeline Lilly

Event: The stars were out in force for the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania premiere held at the BFI IMAX Waterloo on Thursday night (left Catherine Zeta Jones and right Evangeline Lilly)

Wow! Catherine Zeta Jones - whose husband Michael Douglas stars in the film - looked gorgeous in a pale blue busty gown while Evangeline Lilly looked very glamorous

Wow! Catherine Zeta Jones – whose husband Michael Douglas stars in the film – looked gorgeous in a pale blue busty gown while Evangeline Lilly looked very glamorous

She boosted her height with silver heels and wore her blonde tresses in her short style while completing the look with matching dangly earrings.

Also at the premiere was Kathryn Newton – who plays Cassie Lang – who made sure all eyes were on her in a silk purple dress that had a corset-style neckline and thin straps.

Her slim figure was on display in the figure hugging dress and she wore her red tresses in a chic top knot. 

Also at the star-studded premiere was Paul Rudd who wore a light grey suit, white shirt and black tie as he posed with Jonathan Majors.

The third movie in the Ant-Man franchise is eyeing the biggest debut in franchise history with $280 million worldwide.

Box office analysts are predicting a $120 million domestic tally over the four-day President’s Day holiday weekend, according to Deadline

The blockbuster is also projected to take in an additional $160 million in foreign markets over the opening weekend for $280 million worldwide.

Disney’s own projections, as per usual, are a bit softer than other analysts, with the studio hoping for $95 million over the three-day weekend and between $105 million and $110 million over the four-day holiday frame.

Stunning: The actress, 53, was the epitome of chic in the one-shoulder design which cinched her in at the waist and had a flattering floor length design

Stunning: The actress, 53, was the epitome of chic in the one-shoulder design which cinched her in at the waist and had a flattering floor length design

Pose: Catherine accessorised with simple silver bracelets and wore her brunette hair in loose waves while opting for bronzed makeup

Pose: Catherine accessorised with simple silver bracelets and wore her brunette hair in loose waves while opting for bronzed makeup

Couple: She also posed with her dapper husband Michael for other snaps as they walked the purple carpet

Couple: She also posed with her dapper husband Michael for other snaps as they walked the purple carpet

Smart: Beside Catherine Michael looked handsome in a black suit, white shirt and tie

Smart: Beside Catherine Michael looked handsome in a black suit, white shirt and tie

Youthful: Catherine looked as ageless as ever in the blue dress

Youthful: Catherine looked as ageless as ever in the blue dress

Holding hands: They were as affectionate as ever with one another

Holding hands: They were as affectionate as ever with one another 

The superhero sequel starring Paul Rudd – who revealed he got down to 7% body fat for the first Ant-Man but the scene showing off his shredded physique was cut for time –  is expected to open in roughly 4,300 theaters, and even if it meets Disney’s more modest projections, it will still surpass both the previous Ant-Man movies.

The original Ant-Man debuted in August 2015 to a modest $57.2 million opening, which is the second-lowest in MCU history, behind only 2008’s The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 million).

It went on to earn a decent $180.2 million domestic and $519.3 million worldwide from a $130 million budget.

The 2018 sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly returning as the title characters, opened to $75.8 million and improved to $216.6 million domestic and $622.6 million worldwide, from a budget estimated between $130 million and $195 million.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – which boasts an estimated $200 million budget – will kick off its run in many foreign markets on Wednesday, including China.

Confident: Elsewhere Evangeline, 43, - who plays Hope van Dyne/Wasp - dazzled in a dramatic silver sequin dress which had glittery tassels all over it

Confident: Elsewhere Evangeline, 43, – who plays Hope van Dyne/Wasp – dazzled in a dramatic silver sequin dress which had glittery tassels all over it

Radiant: She boosted her height with silver heels and wore her blonde tresses in her short style while completing the look with matching dangly earrings

Radiant: She boosted her height with silver heels and wore her blonde tresses in her short style while completing the look with matching dangly earrings

Shimmering: The glittery silver dress looked incredible as she posed at the premiere

Height: She boosted her frame with huge heels

Shimmering: The glittery silver dress looked incredible as she posed at the premiere

All eyes on her: She put on a confident display as she walked the purple carpet

All eyes on her: She put on a confident display as she walked the purple carpet

Happy: She looked delighted to be at the premiere

Happy: She looked delighted to be at the premiere

Movement: The full dramatic effect of the dress was clear when she twirled around

Movement: The full dramatic effect of the dress was clear when she twirled around

Strutting her stuff: She commanded attention

Strutting her stuff: She commanded attention

Friendly: She gave a wave as she left her hotel to head to the premiere

Glittering: Her dress dazzled in the light

Friendly: She gave a wave as she left her hotel to head to the premiere

In good spirits: She looked excited to be heading to the premiere

In good spirits: She looked excited to be heading to the premiere 

Off we go! She jumped in a car to head to the event

Off we go! She jumped in a car to head to the event 

While China had shut out many American movies for several years, it welcomed back Avatar: The Way of Water and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever recently, before Ant-Man and the Wasp debuts in the Middle Kingdom. 

It will be the first Marvel movie to debut in Chinese theaters in nearly four years, since 2019’s Avengers: Endgame and the Sony/Marvel co-production Spider-Man: Far From Home. 

The $280 million international debut is expected to include roughly $35 million to $55 million from Chinese theaters. 

The sequel will also open in international markets such as France, Korea, Germany and Italy on Wednesday before the domestic debut on Friday. 

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While the box office forecast is looking to be a franchise best for Ant-Man, unfortunately the reviews are coming in at a franchise low.

The first wave of reviews were posted on Tuesday afternoon, with the sequel garnering a middling 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, out of the first 115 reviews.

Pretty: Also at the premiere was Kathryn Newton - who plays Cassie Lang - who made sure all eyes were on her in a silk purple dress

Pretty: Also at the premiere was Kathryn Newton – who plays Cassie Lang – who made sure all eyes were on her in a silk purple dress

Glam: Her slim figure was on display in the figure hugging dress and she wore her red tresses in a chic top knot

Style: It had a corset-style neckline and thin straps

Glam: Her slim figure was on display in the figure hugging dress and she wore her red tresses in a chic top knot

Project: The third movie in the Ant-Man franchise is eyeing the biggest debut in franchise history with $280 million worldwide

Project: The third movie in the Ant-Man franchise is eyeing the biggest debut in franchise history with $280 million worldwide

Nice: Box office analysts are predicting a $120 million domestic tally over the four-day President's Day holiday weekend, according to Deadline

Nice: Box office analysts are predicting a $120 million domestic tally over the four-day President’s Day holiday weekend, according to Deadline 

Stats: Disney's own projections, as per usual, are a bit softer than other analysts, with the studio hoping for $95 million over the three-day weekend

Stats: Disney’s own projections, as per usual, are a bit softer than other analysts, with the studio hoping for $95 million over the three-day weekend

Glamorous look: She wowed in the purple dress as she commanded attention

Glamorous look: She wowed in the purple dress as she commanded attention

Glowing: She looked in her element as she posed for snaps

Glowing: She looked in her element as she posed for snaps 

Premiere: Kathryn Newton and director Peyton Reed posed together

Premiere: Kathryn Newton and director Peyton Reed posed together

Actor: The superhero sequel stars Paul  - who revealed he got down to 7% body fat for the first Ant-Man but the scene showing off his shredded physique was cut for time

Actor: The superhero sequel stars Paul  – who revealed he got down to 7% body fat for the first Ant-Man but the scene showing off his shredded physique was cut for time

Cast: (Left to right) Kathryn Newton, Paul Rudd, and Jonathan Majors attending the gala screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, at the BFI Imax Waterloo

Cast: (Left to right) Kathryn Newton, Paul Rudd, and Jonathan Majors attending the gala screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, at the BFI Imax Waterloo

If the percentage stays below 60% as more reviews come in, it will be just the second ‘Rotten’ movie in MCU history, behind 2021’s Eternals (47% on RT).

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania finds Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), his daughter Cassie (Kathryn), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) all getting sucked back into the mysterious Quantum Realm.

They find themselves interacting with the mysterious Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), who will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The start: The original Ant-Man debuted in August 2015 to a modest $57.2 million opening, which is the second-lowest in MCU history, behind only 2008's The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 million) (Paul is pictured with director Peyton Reed)

The start: The original Ant-Man debuted in August 2015 to a modest $57.2 million opening, which is the second-lowest in MCU history, behind only 2008’s The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 million) (Paul is pictured with director Peyton Reed)

Here he is: Also at the star-studded premiere was Paul Rudd who wore a light grey suit, white shirt and black tie

Here he is: Also at the star-studded premiere was Paul Rudd who wore a light grey suit, white shirt and black tie

Lads: He posed with Jonathan Majors at the star-studded premiere

Lads: He posed with Jonathan Majors at the star-studded premiere 

Success: It went on to earn a decent $180.2 million domestic and $519.3 million worldwide from a $130 million budget

Success: It went on to earn a decent $180.2 million domestic and $519.3 million worldwide from a $130 million budget

Profits: The $280 million international debut is expected to include roughly $35 million to $55 million from Chinese theaters

Profits: The $280 million international debut is expected to include roughly $35 million to $55 million from Chinese theaters

Oh no: While the box office forecast is looking to be a franchise best for Ant-Man, unfortunately the reviews are coming in at a franchise low

Oh no: While the box office forecast is looking to be a franchise best for Ant-Man, unfortunately the reviews are coming in at a franchise low

Shame: The first wave of reviews were posted on Tuesday afternoon, with the sequel garnering a middling 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, out of the first 115 reviews

Shame: The first wave of reviews were posted on Tuesday afternoon, with the sequel garnering a middling 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, out of the first 115 reviews

Movie: If the percentage stays below 60% as more reviews come in, it will be just the second 'Rotten' movie in MCU history, behind 2021's Eternals (47% on RT)

Movie: If the percentage stays below 60% as more reviews come in, it will be just the second ‘Rotten’ movie in MCU history, behind 2021’s Eternals (47% on RT)

Beauty: Sophie Ellis Bextor attends the premiere in a checked coat

Beauty: Sophie Ellis Bextor attends the premiere in a checked coat

Gorgeous: She looked great in the jacket which she teamed with a blue shirt

Gorgeous: She looked great in the jacket which she teamed with a blue shirt

Posing up a storm: She completed her look with a pale pink handbag

Posing up a storm: She completed her look with a pale pink handbag

Woah! Elz (the Witch) attends the Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania

Woah! Elz (the Witch) attends the Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania

PVC! The red dress was sure to turn heads

PVC! The red dress was sure to turn heads

In fact, the next Avengers movie is dubbed Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, slated for release on May 2, 2025.

The cast also includes returning MCU characters like Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) with Corey Stoll – who played Darren Cross/Yellowjacket in the first Ant-Man – returning as M.O.D.O.K. 

Newcomers include Bill Murray as Krylar, William Jackson Harper as Quaz and Katy M. O’Brian as Jentorra. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be released in the U.S. and UK on February 17.

Stylish lady: Lady Victoria Hervey attending the gala screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Stylish lady: Lady Victoria Hervey attending the gala screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Stylish lady: Lady Victoria Hervey attending the gala screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Looking good: She wowed in a black velvet jumpsuit that showed off her figure

Looking good: She wowed in a black velvet jumpsuit that showed off her figure

Bronzed: She sported a nice tan and wore her blonde tresses in loose waves over her shoulders

Bronzed: She sported a nice tan and wore her blonde tresses in loose waves over her shoulders

Ensemble: Andrea McLean attending the gala screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Ensemble: Andrea McLean attending the gala screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Chic: She dazzled in a black sequin suit

Chic: She dazzled in a black sequin suit 

Beaming: She looked great in the all-black ensemble

Beaming: She looked great in the all-black ensemble

Sexy: Abbie Quinnen wowed in a busty green lace dress

Sexy: Abbie Quinnen wowed in a busty green lace dress

Attendees: She completed the look with a stylish handbag and boosted her height with strappy nude heels

Attendees: She completed the look with a stylish handbag and boosted her height with strappy nude heels 

Beautiful: Abbie was glowing in green

Beautiful: Abbie was glowing in green

Keith Lemon: Leigh Francis attends the Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania UK Gala screening

Keith Lemon: Leigh Francis attends the Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania UK Gala screening 

The look: He wore a black leather coat

The look: He wore a black leather coat 

Bronzed beauty: Michelle Heaton looked well in a one-shoulder beige dress and glittery silver heels

Bronzed beauty: Michelle Heaton looked well in a one-shoulder beige dress and glittery silver heels

Night out: Michelle Heaton (L) and Hugh Hanley (R) with their family

Night out: Michelle Heaton (L) and Hugh Hanley (R) with their family

Together: The family posed for a snap all together

Together: The family posed for a snap all together

Perfection: She wore her honey tresses in a poker-straight style and opted for bronzed makeup

Perfection: She wore her honey tresses in a poker-straight style and opted for bronzed makeup

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