‘Ant-Man’ debuts with $58M; ‘Trainwreck’ opens with $30.2M


NEW YORK — Marvel’s "Ant-Man" punched above its weight at the weekend box office, debuting with
an estimated $58 million, while Amy Schumer’s "Trainwreck" also opened strongly with $30.2
The result for "Ant-Man" didn’t match some of Marvel’s better known and brawnier properties.
But "Ant-Man" — a relatively inexpensive superhero movie with a $130 million budget — still
dominated North American multiplexes, edging out the little yellow guys of Universal’s
"Minions," which took in $50.2 million in its second week.
"Ant-Man," starring Paul Rudd as a slightly more irreverent and distinctly smaller superhero,
came in a little below earlier stand-alone Marvel films like "Thor" ($65.7 million in 2011)
and "Captain America: The First Avenger" ($65.1 million in 2011).
Dave Hollis, head of distribution at Disney, credited Marvel for successfully expanding its universe both
in tone and audience makeup. The movie, a more humorous heist film, appealed more to women (42 percent
of the audience) and families (28 percent) than most Marvel releases.
"Most encouragingly in this one, the exit scores we’re seeing from women — their likelihood to
recommend and how much they enjoyed the film — was higher here than almost any film we’ve had,"
Hollis said. "It’s a great sign for what word of mouth should be for the run, but, two, what it
means for how women think about these movies being for them as much as men might."
The next question will be whether the result was strong enough to kick start an "Ant-Man 2."
Though "Ant-Man" had a rocky path to the screen, with director Peyton Reed replacing Edgar
Wright shortly before shooting commenced, its CinemaScore from audiences is an A. It took in $56.4
million abroad.
The opening was closest to 2008’s "The Incredible Hulk" ($55 million), the poorly received
Edward Norton edition that didn’t spawn further installments. Rudd is already to appear as Ant-Man in
"Captain America: Civil War."
"I say this was a success," said Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak’s senior media analyst. "This
was never predestined to open with $80 (million) or $100 million. Marvel continues to evolve and
surprised the audience. This was about a perfectly solid result for a brand new property."
The $30.2 million opening for Schumer’s big-screen debut, "Trainwreck," which the comedian also
wrote, earned an estimated $30.2 million, making the R-rated Universal release one of the biggest comedy
successes this summer. It’s also the second best opening for Judd Apatow as a director following
"Knocked Up."
Already a critically acclaimed star on Comedy Central for her sketch show "Inside Amy Schumer,"
Schumer’s transition to movies has drawn good reviews and opened above expectations, further showing the
power of female moviegoers. The audience was two-thirds women, Universal said.
"Amy Schumer is an absolute talent and should have a great career in the movies," said Nick
Carpou, distribution head for Universal. "The character that she portrays very effectively enables
modern women."
Opening in just five locations was Woody Allen’s "Irrational Man," starring Joaquin Phoenix and
Emma Stone. The Sony Pictures Classic release packed those theaters for an average of $37,623 per
The Roadside Attractions and Miramax release "Mr. Holmes," starring Ian McKellen as an aged
Sherlock Holmes, debuted with $2.5 million in 363 theaters.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak.
Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final
domestic figures will be released Monday:
1. "Ant-Man," $58 million ($56.4 million international).
2. "Minions," $50.2 million ($66.2 million international).
3. "Trainwreck," $30.2 million.
4. "Inside Out," $11.7 million ($21. 3 million international).
5. "Jurassic World," $11.4 million ($12.3 million international).
6. "Terminator Genisys," $5.4 million ($22.2 million international).
7. "Magic Mike XXL," $4.5 million ($5.8 million international).
8. "Gallows," $4 million ($2.1 million international).
9. "Ted 2," $2.7 million ($7.5 million international).
10. "Mr. Holmes," $2.5 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and
Canada), according to Rentrak:
1. "Monster Hunt," $72 million.
2. "Minions," $66.2 million.
3. "Jian Bing Man," $61 million.
4. "Ant-Man," $56.4 million.
5. "Monkey King: Hero Is Back," $22.5 million.
6. "Terminator Genisys," $22.2 million.
7. "Inside Out," $21.3 million.
8. "Jurassic World," $12.3 million.
9. "Ted 2," $7.5 million.
10. "Magic Mike XXL," $5.8 million.
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