The 12th Marvel Studios film taking place in their shared cinematic universe has proven to be another heavyweight at the box office, and has taken the crown as the number one movie this weekend.
According to box office analysts at Variety, Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd and directed by Peyton Reed has taken in an estimated $58 million. The solid bow for the quirky superhero film marks Marvel Studio’s 12th consecutive number one opening, though the film — which features a character that’s largely less well-known to the general public — is coming in slightly below expectations, as it was presumed that the film’s opening bow would be more in the $60-65 million range. That would’ve put it on similar footing as the 2011 cinematic debuts of both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Instead, Ant-Man‘s opening weekend is performing more akin to 2008′s The Incredible Hulk, which opened with a $55 million weekend in June of 2008. It went on to gross $134 million domestically, and $263 million worldwide.
Number two at the box office this weekend was the returning Minions from Universal, which took in an estimated $50.2 million. Number three was the other major opener for this weekend, the Amy Schumer-starring Trainwreck directed by Judd Apatow, which bowed with a debut of $30.2 million. While that figure seems low in comparison with both Ant-Man and Minions, it’s actually pretty decent, especially considering that it’s an R-rated comedy meant specifically for adults. It also came in well above expectations, as analysts had pegged the film to debut more in the $20 million range, so its higher debut on its relatively modest $35 million budget likely means that it will have a healthy box office run in front of it. It also marks the second biggest box office debut for Apatow’s films, as Trainwreck is coming in just below the $30.7 million opening figure of 2007′s Knocked Up.
Spots four and five this week were rounded out by two returning films: Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out brought in an additional $11.6 million, while Universal’s blockbuster sequel Jurassic World brought in an additional $11.4 million. All five films in the top 10 are either Disney films or Universal films, who both seem to be having a fantastic 2015. Disney recently crossed the $3 billion threshold in this year’s ticket sales due to films like Cinderella, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and others, while Universal recently crossed the $5 billion threshold for the likes of Jurassic World, Furious 7, and Fifty Shades of Grey.
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