Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Tops With $58 Million

July 19, 2015

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” was atop the heap with $58 million at the weekend box office, while “Trainwreck’s” Amy Schumer romantic comedy grabbed a $30.2 million debut.

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It marks Marvel’s 12th consecutive first place opening, although “Ant-Man” isn’t at the level of other, bigger-name costumed heroes like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man.

“Trainwreck,” on the other hand, bested initial projections which had it debuting to roughly $20 million. Universal produced the comedy for a modest $35 million, so it should make a healthy return on its investment.

That’s a fraction of the $130 million that Marvel spent on the story of a thief (Paul Rudd) who becomes a hero after donning a suit that gives him the powers of an arthropod. The superhero film will lean heavily on foreign crowds as it looks for profits. Internationally, “Ant-Man” opened in 37 markets, including Mexico, the U.K., France, and Russia, pulling in $56 million.

In milestone news, “Jurassic World” became just the fourth film in history to top $600 million domestically. The dinosaur thriller added $11.4 million to take fifth place on the box office chart and push its North American total to $611.1 million.

 

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