Peyton Reed’s ‘Ant-Man’ makes $58 million domestic debut, the second-lowest bow for Marvel Studios since ‘The Incredible Hulk’ opened to $55.4 million in 2008.
Marvel’s Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as the world's tiniest super hero, easily claimed the top spot in North America this past weekend, taking in $58 million for its debut. This marks the second-lowest debut for Marvel Studios since it went solo and launched its cinematic universe, beginning with Iron Man ($98.6 million) in May 2008. Only The Incredible Hulk opened lower ($55.4 million).
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man stars Rudd as ex-con Scott Lang who, armed with a super-suit with the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, attempts to pull off a heist that will save the world. The superhero film, costing $130 million to produce, also stars Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll.
Overseas Ant-Man earned $56.4 million from its first 37 markets, well ahead of the first Captain America movie and Thor, putting Ant-Man's global bow at $114.4 million. Internationally, it placed behind the debut of Monster Hunt in China, which earned a massive $72 million, Minions ($66.2 million) and Chinese film Jian Bing Man ($61 million).
Illumination Entertainment and Universal holdover Minions took in $50.2 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $216.7 million and a second place finish. The Despicable Me-spinoff continued its strong run overseas, grossing $66.2 million from 56 territories for an international total of $409.1 million and $625.8 million worldwide.
Amy Schumer's female-fueled R-rated comedy Trainwreck landed in third place for its debut, taking in $30.2 million for distributor Universal. The Emmy-nominated Schumer stars in and wrote Trainwreck, which was directed by of Judd Apatow. Costing a modest $35 million to make, Trainwreck is the fifth film directed by Apatow and the first he didn't also write. The story centers on Schumer's character, a commitment-phobic career woman who doesn't believe in monogamy, who may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. Bill Hader and LeBron James also star.
Pixar and Disney's Inside Out placed fourth in its fifth weekend out, grossing $11.7 million to jump the $300 million mark domestically with a total of $306.4 million through Sunday and a global tally of $490.1 million. Inside Out expanded into Japan, Netherlands, and Spain this past weekend, grossing $21.3 million from 48 territories. Director Pete Docter’s animated feature has earned $183.8 million overseas and $490.2 million worldwide.
Now in its sixth outing, Jurassic World rounded out the top five with $11.4 million for a domestic total of $611.1 million for Universal. Internationally, the blockbuster jumped the $900 million mark to finish Sunday with an estimated $1.5 billion, overtaking fellow Universal title Furious 7 to become the number four title of all time.
Paramount and Skydance's Terminator: Genisys came in sixth place, earning $5.4 million in its sophomore weekend from 3,783 locations for a new domestic cume of $80.6 million. Internationally, Genisys grossed $22.2 million from 64 international markets, lifting its international cume to $196.8 million and its global haul to $277.44 million.
In seventh place, Warner Bros.’ Magic Mike XXL earned $4.5 million from 3,376 theaters in its fourth weekend at the box office for a North American total of $58.6 million. Overseas, the comedy grossed $5.8 million over the weekend in 40 territories. To date, the Warner Bros’ sequel has grossed $31 million overseas and $89.6 million worldwide.
Blumhouse and Entertainment 360's micro-budget horror film The Gallows brought in $4 million over its sophomore weekend for a new domestic total of $18 million and an eighth place finish. Overseas, Micro-budget horror movie made $2.1 million for a new international total of $4.2 million and worldwide haul of $22.2 million.
Universal's R-rated Ted 2 came in ninth place, taking in $2.4 million at the North American box office for a new domestic total of $77.4 million. Overseas, the Seth MacFarlane-directed comedy sequel brought in $7.5 million from 43 territories for an overseas total of $66 million and a worldwide cume of$143.4 million.
Rounding up the top 10, director Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes, opened to $2.5 million from 363 locations. Also starring Laura Linney, Mr. Holmes is being distributed in the U.S. by Roadside Attractions and Miramax.
Elsewhere, the China the box office, currently under blackout from Hollywood films, hit a record $183 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday and $282 million for the week. The China box office was led by live-action/CG hybrid family feature Monster Hunt, directed by Shrek animation supervisor and Shrek the Third co-director Raman Hui. Monster Hunt grossed a massive $79.7 million over the weekend, earning $107.4 million since opening on Thursday. The film will open on July 24 in select U.S. cities through Magnum Films.
Animated feature Monkey King: Hero Is Back, also grossed an outstanding $25.7 million this weekend despite heavy competition from Monster Hunt. The locally produced 3D animated action/family adventure film has grossed $75 million to date and is on its way to becoming the highest grossing animated film in Chinese box office history, currently held by Kung Fu Panda 2 with $93.19 million.
Box office numbers were obtained at pro.boxoffice.com.