Ant-Man and Minions Have A Big Weekend
$58 Million may be a “tiny” opening for Marvel, but Ant-Man managed to keep the studio’s win streak alive at 12 consecutive first place openings.
Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as a diminutive superhero who can control ant behavior, cost the Disney-owned Marvel an estimated $130 million to make and posted the second lowest domestic opening of any of Marvel’s 12 super-hero flicks, ahead of only The Incredible Hulk, which started its run with $55.4 million in 2008.
Even though Marvel was hoping that Ant-Man would be a surprise hit, a la Guardians of the Galaxy, another lesser known brand that went on to gross $774.2 million worldwide, this has to still be considered a win for the studio and will open up the gates for Marvel to continue expanding it’s universe with lesser known heroes.
The other major release this weekend was Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, which scored a $30.2 million opening weekend, Apatow’s second biggest debut as a director (just missing the $30.69 million debut of Knocked Up). This may turn out to be Apatow’s biggest hit yet, but make no mistake this is Amy Schumer’s coming out party. According to Rentrak polling from the weekend, an amazing 28% of respondents went to see Trainwreck thanks alone to Ms. Schumer.
In its second weekend, Universal’s Minions earned runner-up status to Ant-Man, pulling in $50.2 million. The Despicable Me spin-off has racked up $216.7 domestically, never mind what it has done with merchandising.
Meanwhile, Inside Out pushed past $300 million domestically, joining the ranks of Toy Story 3 and Finding Nemo amongst Pixar films to reach that mark. Domestically, Inside Out earned $11.6 million for a fourth place finish.
Jurassic World rounds out the top five in its sixth weekend, with $11.4 million for a domestic total of $611.1 million. The smash hit upped its total to $1.513 billion world-wide, overtaking Furious 7 to become number four on the all time earnings list.
Amongst the art house releases, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man did $188,115 on five screens and Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen as the senile super sleuth, grossed $2.5 million on 363 screens.
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