“Ant-Man,” Marvel’s latest superhero film debuted at number one with an estimated $58 million this weekend, falling just short of expectations.
With the win, Marvel is now 12 for 12 for #1 openings (and that includes 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” released by Universal).
“Ant-Man” was the widest release ever for a Marvel produced movie, but its important to remember that the movie was never expected to reach Iron Man or Avengers-level numbers at the box office. And the $58 million debut isn’t too far behind from the debuts of “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($65.1 million) and “Thor” ($65.7 million).
Where “Ant-Man” goes from here is anybody’s guess. But at least the Paul Rudd superhero film has an “A” CinemaScore.
The big surprise of the weekend was the R rated comedy, “Trainwreck.” Even though the film finished in third place with an estimated $30.2 million, that’s well above early predictions, which had Amy Schumer’s film debut finishing somewhere in the mid to high teens. The movie has an A- CinemaScore, and made $9,575 per theater in 3,158 venues.
Not surprisingly, 66% of the audience for “Trainwreck” was female. The solid debut is director Judd Apatow’s second best opening weekend ever, coming in just under “Knocked Up,” which made $30.9 million in 2007.
Meanwhile, last week’s number one movie, “Minions,” took a pretty good hit this week. The movie was down 57 percent in its second weekend, falling to an estimated $50.2 million.