Chinese audiences didn’t seem to mind waiting three months to see “Ant-Man.” The comic book movie about a hero with the powers of an insect belied its name to open to a huge $43.2 million in the People’s Republic this weekend.
That marks the second-largest opening for a Disney and Marvel release, trailing “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which kicked off its run last summer with a massive $156 million five-day debut. “Ant-Man’s” mighty start easily secured the film the top slot on the foreign box office charts and pushed its global haul to $454.8 million.
The picture was not as rosy for “Crimson Peak.” The haunted house film flopped domestically, picking up $12.8 million, and it was only slightly more successful overseas. Its $13.4 million bow didn’t even crack the top five, and makes it unlikely that the picture, a passion project for director Guillermo del Toro, will be able to earn back its $55 million production cost. Legendary Entertainment financed and produced the film with Universal handling distribution.
Fox’s “The Martian” continued to attract big crowds around the world, snagging a second place finish with a $37 million global gross. The adventure film about a stranded astronaut (Matt Damon) is directed by Ridley Scott and has now made $319.2 million worldwide. At this pace, it should have no trouble crossing the $400 million mark, particularly given that it has yet to open in China, the world’s second-biggest market for film.
Third place went to Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” with a $30.6 million haul. The animated sequel has now earned $267.5 million globally since opening last month. The studio is optimistic it will surpass the first film’s $358.4 million worldwide gross.
The top five was rounded out by the Chinese comedy “Goodbye Mr. Loser” with $22 million and the Warner Bros. fantasy flop “Pan” with $14.4 million, pushing their totals to $184 million and $72.8 million, respectively. Next week marks “Pan’s” opening in China and with it the best chance for the $150 million production to stop some of the bleeding.