Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Rises to $65 Million Opening, ‘Trainwreck’ Also Stellar

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Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office while Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” is overperforming with a $35 million launch frame, according to early Friday estimates.

“Ant-Man” took in $6.4 million in Thursday-night preview screenings — comparable to the $6.2 million for Universal-Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions.” Forecasts for “Ant-Man” had been in the $60 million to $65 million range at 3,856 locations, most of which are in 3D.

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.

“Ant-Man” carries a $130 million pricetag and is also opening in 50 foreign markets this weekend.

“Trainwreck” launched with $1.8 million in Thursday night previews. Early Friday numbers from matinees indicated that the raunchy comedy will outperform forecasts, which were in the $18 million to $22 million range. The well-reviewed “Trainwreck” looks likely to exceed the first weekend of Fox’s R-rated “Spy,” which opened with a $29 million on June 5-7. “Spy,” which was similarly embraced by critics, showed impressive staying power and has hit $105 million.

Schumer plays a hard-drinking, commitment-phobic woman in the film. Also starring are Bill Hader and 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 with a market share well above 25%.

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  1. Carl LaVon says:

    I don’t care! I’ll say it! I just want to see Schumer naked! ; D

  2. Doodlee says:

    Saw Trainwreck last night, it was thoroughly hilarious!

  3. Numbers don’t look too “stellar” to me considering all the hype.

  4. Jacques Strappe says:

    When Marvel first announced Ant-Man, I remember reading comments from some comic book fans (or maybe just DC trolls) that Ant-Man would be an epic failure or at least a dud compared to other Marvel Studio films. It might not set box office records but it should do very well. The current Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 79 on opening day, along with a 91% of audiences liking it should bode well for this tiny super hero. Marvel Studios apparently has their own super powers that resonates with more global movie audiences that any other film studio..

    • That’s not being an “epic fail” but also not doing very well, it’s just a median opening weekend, isn’t that great.

      • trollkiller55 says:

        given no one but a few nerds know who ant man IS, these numbers are astonishing

      • therealeverton says:

        Actually the comparisons are Thor and Captain America, which it is on a par with and, apparently, is exceeding in terms of audience response. So in fact it is doing very well indeed…more so in terms of the negativity around the “idea” of an Ant-Man.
        We’ll know for sure when we see the global openING. Nobody with a sense of the industry is measuring this by Guardians’ standards, a gross between Captain America 1 and Thor is a success 0over $500m a big success.

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