Ant-Man Is a Mess That Satisfies by the End. (SPOILER REVIEW)

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‘Ant-Man’ Grosses $58 Million Over Weekend.

This photo provided by Disney shows Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in a scene from Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film releases in the U.S. on Friday, July 17, 2015. (Zade Rosenthal/Disney/Marvel via AP) LOS ANGELES—Marvel action flick “Ant-Man” proved less can be more as it topped the North American box office tally in its debut over the weekend, industry data showed Monday. Walt Disney’s Marvel Studios’s “Ant-Man” wasn’t a super-hero in terms of ticket revenue, but the new film is attracting a broader audience than expected. “Minions” and “Trainwreck” rounded out the top of the box office. The movie — about a thief-turned-hero who wears special armor that makes him tiny but super strong as he undertakes a mission to save the world — posted sales of $57.2 million, said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. Genial and talkative in real life, the DePaul University theater school alum is frequently cast as the creep or the merely maladjusted, notably in the 2013 Jake Gyllenhaal child abduction thriller “Prisoners.” It’s that face: When in repose, it can look like it’s harboring several lifetimes’ worth of malevolent thoughts.

But Ant-Man, which cost Disney owned Marvel an estimated US$130 million to make, also delivered the lowest opening total in North America for any movie directly produced by Mr Kevin Feige, Marvel’s president. When EW spoke with Ant-Man director Peyton Reed on the day of the film’s release, July 17, he admitted he was unsure as to whether there would be a sequel (“It still remains to be seen”) but was hopeful Marvel Studios would add Ant-Man 2 to the lengthy roster of upcoming projects the company announced last October. “You know, Marvel laid out their plans at the end of last year that take them in to the Year 2083,” laughed the filmmaker. “So I don’t know where we would work into that. [But] there’s a parallel with directing. A longtime Chicago theater actor before relocating to L.A., he was back in town two years ago to film his indie “Animals,” which was loosely inspired by his own past experiences with heroin addiction. Going into the weekend, some analysts had expected the film to top US$60 million, but its opening is similar to that of Marvel’s TheIncredible Hulk, which earned an initial US$55 million in 2008 on its way to a US$134 million US haul.

If you’re a smart director, you have a plan, but you’re also smart enough to know that if there’s a better idea to be had, you can deviate from the plan. Despite the subject matter, the film (which was in theaters earlier this year and is still available via streaming) showcased a lighter side of the actor. The $58 million it earned fell a bit short of estimates, but put the Paul Rudd vehicle in roughly the same ballpark as “Thor” ($65 million) and “The Incredible Hulk” ($55 million). The story of a commitment-phobic woman who falls for a sports doctor got a boost from strong reviews and a long and winding promotional tour that saw Schumer, 34, doing everything from posing provocatively with C3PO to sexting TV news presenter Katie Couric’s husband. “Amy Schumer is absolutely a star,” said Mr Nick Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution chief. “Based on exit polling, after the humour, she’s the second biggest reason people went out to see the film.” The film, at No. 3, kicks off Schumer’s film career on a high note and marks the second-biggest opening for director Judd Apatow, behind only the US$30.7 million debut of 2007’s Knocked Up. For starters, it got excellent reviews and word of mouth was strong. “Ant-Man” got an A grade on CinemaScore, a (somewhat inflated) measure of how much an audience enjoyed a film.

I feel there’s so much story yet to be told wth this character.” “In the best case scenario, if we’re lucky enough to actually have serious conversations about it, I think everybody would be inclined to make it happen as soon as possible,” he said. It features the voice of comedian Amy Poehler and follows young Riley as her emotions of joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness battle it out internally as she copes with a move to a new city. “Jurassic World” dropped from second to fifth place, taking in another $11.5 million, bringing the dinosaur movie’s overall total to a huge $611.2 million. He plays Kurt, a cheesy-looking computer hacker with a thick Russian accent and ridiculous Elvis sideburns who (along with Michael Pena and T.I.) becomes part of Rudd’s heist crew of endearingly idiotic problem-solvers.

Minions (Universal) was second, collecting US$50.2 million for a two week domestic total of US$216.7 million, according to Rentrak, which compiles box-office data. Dropping to eighth place after debuting at number five was Hollywood producer Jason Blum’s latest spine-tingler, “The Gallows,” which took in $4 million. Hollywood has recently begun aiming more films at women or girls, finding success with movies such as last year’s Maleficent and this year’s Fifty Shades Of Grey, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Pitch Perfect 2 and, now, Trainwreck.

For all intents and purposes, this will be the next “Avengers” movie, and — increasing the allure — it’s based on a best-selling comic book series and will feature the heroes at war with one another. Like “Ant-Man,” this Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle is another attempt to build a blockbuster solo film around one of the publisher’s lesser-known characters. One, Sony squandered a lot of fan goodwill with their last wall-crawling film, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The first part of a two-part, galaxy-spanning epic likely to feature every character in the Marvel cinematic universe battling Thanos. I’m washing my hands, standing next to some guy who had also just come out of the theater, (starts laughing) and I swear it was the best double-take I’ll probably ever see in my life. This confrontation was first seeded way back in “The Avengers,” and ticket buyers have waited this long, so they’re unlikely to abandon the Marvel ship at this point.

But in this case, I will gladly push my hair up with some hair spray and go hang out in the lobby (starts talking in his character’s Russian accent) playing video games and being like, “Hey, you guys, you like the film? So I would call her and be like, “Izzy, help me with the dialect.” I had this idea that Kurt was born and raised in a town even further out than Siberia and he was just an amazing computer wizard who fell in with the wrong people. But he was obsessed with two things: “Saturday Night Fever” and Elvis Presley, hence the polyester shirts unbuttoned too far and the hair in that pompadour. He’s a computer hacker, so I think in the original script they jokingly called him Count Hackula or something like that, which I took as a strong character description.

When I heard Peyton had been hired I thought, “Oh my God, is he going to want to keep me?” Then my manager called me and said, “Hey, you’re going down to Atlanta next week to do some tests, this is great news.” And I thought he meant: You get another shot to test for the role. Here I go again.” A: Apparently it means two things, because when I got there and was greeted by all the producers and the director and Paul and (star) Michael (Douglas), I realized we were doing camera tests. At one point Peyton was talking to T.I. like, “Man, you’ve got a book in the works, you’re album’s about to come out, you’re working on three other movies — how do you get it all done?” And T.I. is so cool, he’s like: “I delegate.” A: He absolutely does. I have a Chicago movie I’ve been writing and he would be ideal for the lead role, so I started talking to him about that and he seemed genuinely intrigued. Peyton, who is a huge comics geek and knows I’m a huge comics geek, he said, “You’ve got to come down to set.” I brought the first comic that I ever bought with my own money when I was in third grade in a 7-Eleven in Kansas City, which was an Avengers.

You can see the trace marks on it from when I tried to copy the cover, and it’s what ultimately led me to start collecting a whole bunch of different titles, including the West Coast Avengers, which Hank Pym (a character in “Ant-Man”) was a part of. He talked about “Ant-Man” and how excited he was to finally see this character — he always felt they had a difficult time conveying “Ant-Man” well in the comic books because it took twice as many frames and it was difficult for the illustrators to continually jump back and forth between the micro world and the regular world and keep that engaging for a reader.

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