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.