Weekend Box Office: Ant-Man Squashes Competition, Still Short By Marvel Standards image
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man made a number one debut this weekend, marking its twelfth movie to open in the top spot. That makes for a nice run, but the movie also marks a lower point.With $58 million Ant-Man is the second lowest opening for Marvel’s in-house productions, coming in just behind the $55 million The Incredible Hulk banked its first weekend in 2008. The number is a nice marker for Paul Rudd, his highest ever opening if you exclude his voice work from Monsters vs. Aliens and its $59 million opening back in 2009.

Amy Schumer’s new comedy Trainwreck bowed in at number three, just below Minions which dropped over 55%. The little yellow sidekicks pushed pass the $200 million mark, but despite their strong opening last weekend, aren’t likely to catch up with Pixar’s Inside Out. That movie added $11 million this weekend, hitting a domestic total of $306 million.

Jurassic World banked $11 million as well, passing the $600 million mark and becoming one of only four movies in domestic history to cross that line. In the next couple of weeks it should just inch past Marvel’s The Avengers‘ $623 million total to become the third highest grosser ever, but it will be hard pressed to hit the $658 million Titanic banked back in 1997.

Two small releases, Ian McKellen’s Mr. Holmes and Indian drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan duked it out for tenth place. While both movies made admirable showings in the per theater department, Holmes faired slightly better overall, narrowly grabbing tenth place.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

Ant-Man *  $58,040,000 Total: $58,040,000 LW: N
THTRS: 3,856
Minions   $50,200,000 Total: $216,692,000 LW: 1
THTRS: 4,311
Trainwreck *  $30,200,000 Total: $30,200,000 LW: N
THTRS: 3,158
Inside Out   $11,660,000 Total: $306,363,000 LW: 3
THTRS: 3,263
Jurassic World   $11,400,000 Total: $611,174,000 LW: 2
THTRS: 3,117
Terminator: Genisys   $5,400,000 Total: $80,640,000 LW: 4
THTRS: 2,814
Magic Mike XXL   $4,500,000 Total: $58,636,000 LW: 6
THTRS: 2,577
The Gallows $4,005,000 Total: $18,007,000 LW: 5
THTRS: 2,720
Ted 2   $2,700,000 Total: $77,457,000 LW: 7
THTRS: 1,582
Mr. Holmes *$2,489,000 Total: $2,489,000 LW: N
THTRS: 363

Weekend Box Office: Ant-Man Squashes Competition, Still Short By Marvel Standards