Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Mighty, ‘Trainwreck’ Doesn’t Live Up to Its Name on Thursday

Ant-Man
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Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man” marched to a mighty $6.4 million on Thursday night.

The earnings are comparable to those of 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which opened with $7.1 million in Thursday latenight screenings on its way to an $85.7 million opening weekend, and Universal-Illumnation Entertainment’s “Minions,” with $6.2 million in previews as part of a $115.8 million launch last weekend. Imax and premium large format showtimes represented 48% of ticket sales for “Ant-Man” in the previews.

“Ant-Man” is headed for a weekend in the $60 million to $65 million range from 3,856 locations, most of which are in 3D. The movie is also opening in 50 international markets.

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll star in the comic book adaptation, directed by Peyton Reed. Rudd plays a down-on-his-luck thief who uses technology to transform himself into the size of an insect.

Amy Schumer’s raunchy comedy “Trainwreck” launched solidly with $1.8 million on Thursday night for Universal.

The film, which screened at 2,363 theaters starting at 8 p.m., has been forecast to earn $18 million to $20 million this weekend in 3,157 locations. The preview number is significantly better than that of Fox’s “Spy,” which took in $1.5 million in Thursday night screenings that started at 5 p.m. on its way to a $29 million opening weekend.

Schumer plays a commitment-phobic woman in the well-reviewed comedy. Bill Hader co-stars along with NBA superstar LeBron James, who makes his acting debut.

Universal and Schumer have been actively promoting “Trainwreck,” starting with a high-profile screening at March’s SXSW to generate buzz. “Trainwreck,” directed by R-rated comedy specialist Judd Apatow, cost a relatively modest $35 million to produce.

The second weekend of “Minions” should finish a close second with $55 million, dropping about 52% from last weekend’s stellar launch. The animated spinoff will likely close the weekend with a cume of $220 million as Universal continues to dominate the domestic box office this year.

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  1. lynneric says:

    If the pictures of this Amy Schumer (or whatever her name is) with the Star Wars characters is any indication of the type of film Trainwreck is, would never spend one dime on her movie. When you have to resort to this kind of publicity, you know your product isn’t really very good. Only losers resort to “sex,sex,sex” to sell themselves. People with better taste and morals won’t bother.

  2. Jason says:

    Uhh Amy smucker isn’t funny. She is a media darling who comedy is zzzz zzz. Stop buying into the media hype for everyone people.

    • Rits says:

      Totally agree. 100% I wanna see the movie thou but not because of her.

    • David Benjamin says:

      Speak for yourself. some of us love Amy Schumer and her brand of humor. You have your opinion, and opinions are just like asshole…everybody has 3

  3. JimG. says:

    Amy Schumer is hot right now. So you’re going to see a lot of favorable comparisons even if stretches have been made. People want to see her succeed. Hope-dicting.

  4. spoilers says:

    Why is it that Ant-Man is considered comparable to Thor with a $900k difference in Thurs night screenings and an estimated $20 mil difference in weekend bo, but Trainwreck is considered “significantly better” than Spy with only a $300k difference in Thurs screenings and a $9 mil estimated difference for the weekend?

    Also not sure why Trainwreck is being compared with Spy? Aside from the fact that they’re both female-driven comedies, they have little else in common. Ant-Man and Thor make a bit more sense, both are male-led Marvel superhero movies. Trainwreck would be better suited to compare against another female-led sex comedy like Friends With Benefits, No Strings Attached, or Easy A.

  5. Colin says:

    Ah. Interweb teamwork!

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