Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Large with $58 Million, ‘Trainwreck’ Solid with $29 Million

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Disney/Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is living large, heading for a $58 million opening at the U.S. box office, while Amy Schumer’s raunchy “Trainwreck” looks likely to launch with $29 million.

Updated estimates showed both new entries finishing at the lower range of Friday estimates — which had hit $65 million for “Ant-Man” and $35 for “Trainwreck.” And Universal’s second weekend of “Minions” slid 60% to a projected $47 million following its stellar start.

“Ant-Man,” with Paul Rudd portraying a decidedly different Marvel superhero, dominated Friday’s moviegoing with $22.6 million at 3,856 locations. The comic-book adaptation, directed by Peyton Reed with Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll also starring, has received impressive audience support with an A Cinemascore — an indication that the film should show traction at multiplexes in the coming weeks.

Rudd portrays a con-man who uses his power — a suit enabling him to shrink to insect size while increasing his strength — to save the world. “Ant-Man,” one of Marvel’s most comic movies, carries a $130 million pricetag and is also opening in 50 foreign markets this weekend.

The “Ant-Man” launch looks similar to Marvel’s 2008 opening of “The Incredible Hulk,” which Universal opened with $55 million on its way to a $134 million U.S. total.

“Trainwreck,” marking Schumer’s feature debut in an R-rated romantic comedy, opened with $10.7 million on Friday and looks likely to match the first weekend of Fox’s R-rated “Spy,” which opened with $29 million on June 5-7. “Spy” showed impressive staying power and has hit $105 million in a month and a half.

Schumer, fresh off an Emmy nomination, plays a commitment-phobic woman in the film opposite Bill Hader and NBA superstar LeBron James. Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” racked up seven Emmy noms on Thursday, including a lead comedy actress nod for Schumer.

“Trainwreck” — which has a modest $35 million budget — is the fifth film directed by adult-comedy specialist Judd Apatow. His best opening weekend is 2007’s “Knocked Up” with $30.9 million.

Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions” scored $14.6 million on Friday. The animated comedy should finish the weekend with a 10-day U.S. cume of $213 million — underlining a stellar year so far for Universal, which crossed the $5 billion mark in worldwide grosses in record-setting time on Friday.

Universal’s sixth weekend of “Jurassic World” and Disney’s fifth frame of “Inside Out” are battling for fourth place with about $10.4 million each. The dino thriller has gone past $600 million in the U.S. while “Inside Out” will top the $300 million domestic milestone on Saturday.

 

 

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  1. Duder NME says:

    Now Disney is thinking about Jurassic World the same way Paramount was thinking about Avengers: “waaaaah why can’t WE do that waaaahhh”.

  2. Alex says:

    Ant-Man may be the stupidest super hero ever, but comic book super hero’s are all the rage now.

  3. Jason says:

    Amy is such an over rated comic. But of course the Hollywood fools will buy into the media darling. As for antman, no thanks

  4. hs07 says:

    Trainwreck!:D:D:D I said it before & noww … it’s proved :D Best movie!!! :D So proud of ya, Amy Schumer! :):):) xxxx

  5. Kevin Kee says:

    frills,you’re such a troll. Attacking a movie without watching it is so pathetic. You’re such a good example of Marvel fanboy loser.

  6. Nora knob says:

    so obvious you havent even seen Trainwreck. Dont try too hard next time, sweetcheeks.

  7. Al Patrickson says:

    I still think Ant-Man could cross $60M by tomorrow night.

  8. me says:

    I’d love to see Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy make a movie together!

    That way I can avoid the 2 least funny human beings on the planet at the same time.

    • Jason says:

      Yes!!!! Crappy actresses who are one type of actresses. Sick of McCarthy playing the “funny” fat women. Amy – well let’s see she is a dirty comic in an r rated comedy. Mmmm

  9. Odinson2k14 says:

    Great news. Marvel had that last shovel of dirt ready for Thor had this broken out like Guardians. The fanatics were mobilizing the troops in hopes of another Guardians type hit. Paul Rudd and Michael Pena their newest darlings, but it was not to be. Ant-Man will be the lowest grossing phase 2 movies, not Thor 2.

    • therealeverton says:

      Also Thor 2 made over $600m (in a relatively untested release slot with only 2 weeks before Hunger Games.) and is getting the “Star” treatment with Ragnorok, so I don’t know why you thought it was in some kind of danger? X

      • Odinson2k14 says:

        You do realize that Guardians performance was a deciding factor in Marvel moving the sequel’s original release date from July 2017 to take Thor’s may 2017 slot?! That Thor was kicked to the curb, back to November 2017?! That Winter Soldier’s performance ( and hype) moved Captain America 3 to 2016 and Thor 3 to 2017? despite Thor 2 coming out BEFORE Winter Soldier?! Don’t kid yourself, Ant-Man was supposed to do Guardians type numbers.

    • therealeverton says:

      It was always going to be. Marvel Studios NEVER expect the same level of grosses from their new films. It’s one of the reasons they pair a new film with a sequel. Guardians made double the requirement and as much as $300 more than expected. Captain America:TFA made around $380m and Thor around $450m: that’s where you need to look to see what counts as a win for Ant-Man.

      Hilarious comedy heist film too by the way, but regardless let’s not get carried away with this galaxy that all Marvel Studios films (non sequel ) have to make $600m+ to be a success, because they don’t.

  10. The Juror says:

    Something tells me you haven’t seen Trainwreck. No laughs at all? The entire audience was cringing? You must of slipped into a anniversary screening of Unbreakable. That bald chick wasn’t Amy Schumer, that was Bruce Willis.

    • me says:

      You must HAVE slipped out of AN anniversary reunion of your English class.

      • The Juror says:

        Are you a troll with no original thoughts and nothing interesting to add, but love to point out petty grammatical errors on message boards? You’re in luck; the Grammar Police are in need of useless individuals just like you!

  11. mouthwaterhole says:

    Ant-Man was a bore (needed more Wasp), but Trainwreck totally killed it!

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