Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Tops With $58 Million, ‘Trainwreck’ Impresses With $30.2 …

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‘Ant-Man’ debuts with $58M; ‘Trainwreck’ opens with $30.2M.

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 figures showed Sunday.Marvel’s “Ant-Man” punched above its weight at the weekend box office, debuting with an estimated $58 million, while Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” also opened strongly with $30.2 million.The film’s $58 million debut would have been a strong start for nearly any other company, but for Marvel, which has fielded a dizzying number of blockbusters, it is something of a disappointment. “Ant-Man’s” opening ranks below the numbers that films centering on Captain America, Thor and Iron Man put up during their launches. 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 $58 million, said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

That’s a good start for a movie based on a little-known character that cost $130 million to make, but not impressive given the standards Marvel itself has set. Starring Paul Rudd, “Ant-Man” took in $58 million to place first in U.S. and Canadian theaters, Rentrak Corp. said Sunday in an e-mailed statement. “Trainwreck,” the Amy Schumer comedy from Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, opened with $30.2 million, while Universal’s animated “Minions” — featuring goggle-wearing yellow creatures — pulled in $50.2 million in its second week.

Going into the weekend, some analysts expected Ant-Man to top $US60 million, but its opening is similar to The Incredible Hulk, which earned an initial $US55 million on its way to a $US134 million haul. “No one else could take what is really an obscure character and launch it in such a big way,” said Hollis. “It’s a sign that they’re doing so much right and that it’s a brand that has overwhelming momentum.” Universal’s Trainwreck bested initial projections which had it debuting to roughly $US20 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 doing everything from posing provocatively with C3PO to sexting Katie Couric’s husband. “Amy Schumer is absolutely a star,” said 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.” kicks off Schumer’s film career on a high note and marks the second biggest opening for director Judd Apatow, behind only Knocked Up’s $US30.7 million debut. The weekend’s other new film was “Trainwreck,” an inexpensive romantic comedy starring Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, which debuted to a healthy $30.2 million.

Last summer, they led the box office with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” featuring an unknown bunch of Marvel misfits that included a tree and a raccoon. The movie, a more humorous heist film, appealed more to women (42 percent of the audience) and families (28 percent) than most Marvel releases. “Most encouragingly in this one, the exit scores we’re seeing from women — their likelihood to recommend and how much they enjoyed the film — was higher here than almost any film we’ve had,” Hollis said. “It’s a great sign for what word of mouth should be for the run, but, two, what it means for how women think about these movies being for them as much as men might.” The next question will be whether the result was strong enough to kick start an “Ant-Man 2.” Though “Ant-Man” had a rocky path to the screen, with director Peyton Reed replacing Edgar Wright shortly before shooting commenced, its CinemaScore from audiences is an A. Given the dubious pedigree, it’s doubtful that many other companies could have made a movie about a man with the powers of a household pest and enjoyed stronger results. “The media expects a lot, maybe too much, from Marvel movies,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “This is not a B-list character. 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 $11.4 million, bringing the dinosaur movie’s overall total to a huge $611.1 million.

It’s a comicbook that hardly anybody collected.” Executives at Disney, Marvel’s parent company, admitted that they would have liked a bigger number, but tried to accentuate the positive, noting that Ant-Man was, in their words, “an obscure character.” The film, which is noticeably lighter in tone, was intended to bring in younger audiences, Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis argued. “We were able to successfully launch a new character and to do so in a way that expands the audience of who is coming to see our movies,” he said. “In the long run, that’s of overwhelming value.” But competition for the family dollar is intense this summer, given that animated films like “Minions” and “Inside Out” are still doing big business. Rudd is already to appear as Ant-Man in “Captain America: Civil War.” “I say this was a success,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak’s senior media analyst. “This was never predestined to open with $80 (million) or $100 million. What’s more troubling is that “Ant-Man” shows that even with the strongest brand in comicbook movies behind it, audiences won’t show up to see just any costumed vigilante. 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. This was about a perfectly solid result for a brand new property.” The $30.2 million opening for Schumer’s big-screen debut, “Trainwreck,” which the comedian also wrote, earned an estimated $30.2 million, making the R-rated Universal release one of the biggest comedy successes this summer.

Schumer, who has ridden a wave of popularity recently fueled by her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer,” drew an audience that was two-thirds female. The movie, which recalls 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project” for its hand-held camera technique, gives young actors Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos and Cassidy Gifford their first substantial roles. It’s also the second best opening for Judd Apatow as a director following “Knocked Up.” Already a critically acclaimed star on Comedy Central for her sketch show “Inside Amy Schumer,” Schumer’s transition to movies has drawn good reviews and opened above expectations, further showing the power of female moviegoers. Opening night crowds gave it an average grade of A-, according to market research firm CinemaScore, giving Universal executives hope that positive buzz could keep drawing crowds for weeks to come. The debut of “Ant-Man” generated less revenue that films featuring better-known Marvel characters, such as “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which led to sequels and fed into other pictures in Marvel’s expanding cinematic universe.

In the coming years, Marvel is delving deeper into the comicbook archive, backing movies based on more obscure heroes like Black Panther and Doctor Strange. That’s to say nothing of DC Comics, which is about to embark on its own ambitious cavalcade of superhero movies with the 2016 releases of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad.” All these movies will beget an endless array of spinoffs, prequels and crossover films, testing enthusiasm for the genre. Still, it remains to be seen whether Ant-Man, whom Marvel plans to feature in more of its coming super-hero movies, gets a sequel of his own. “The Incredible Hulk,” which ultimately grossed $134.8 million domestically and $128.6 million internationally, is the company’s only movie to date for which a follow up hasn’t been produced or announced. “Ant-Man” opened to a solid $56.4 million overseas in countries that represent about half the total global market. It’s a slate that has the Comic-Con crowd in a state of euphoria, but the rest of the public, not versed in the fruits of Stan Lee’s off-days, may need convincing. “This sends a clear message to Marvel that they need to up the stakes a little bit,” said Bock. “This was a solid film, but it was also on a little bit of cruise control.

To stop the technology from falling into the wrong hands, they must pull off a heist. “When it’s on its game, ‘Ant-Man’ does some of the best stuff ever in a Marvel movie,” Brian Truitt wrote for USA Today. The emergency vehicles were reportedly blocked from accessing the beach at Ovingdean Gap near Brighton for up to 20 minutes as they waited for someone to fetch a key. Is it going to take the death of someone?” South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) said while the ambulance vehicles experienced a “short delay” in reaching Arthur, there would be no investigation because the patient was treated “quickly”. Critics loved “Trainwreck,” giving it 90 percent positive reviews, according to “Amy” also features wrestling star John Cena, NBA legend LeBron James and Oscar winner Tilda Swinton. “It’s gratifying to see Mr.

The SECAmb spokesman added: “Combination gates exist in their hundreds across our region and we hold the combination to them in our control rooms so when we require them, we call our control room and we can get them. “These were not combination gates at the time, so we were unable to access them immediately. Apatow, who in recent years has worked with the likes of Kristen Wiig and Lena Dunham, continue to put his show-business power to good by joining forces with a smart woman,” Manohla Dargis wrote in the New York Times, calling the film “often extremely funny.” With “Trainwreck,” “Minions,” and “Jurassic World,” which placed fifth, Universal had three films among the domestic top five for the first time since 2003. However, our ambulance crews got to the scene of the patient quickly and continued the CPR that had already been started.” Arthur, who was described by his family as a “beautiful, happy, loving boy”, had sent a smiling selfie close to the spot from which he fell just hours before he was found. His father Cave, 57, is an Australian musician and songwriter best known as being lead singer of the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, an alternative rock group formed in Melbourne in 1983. Last year, he and his wife Susie appeared alongside Arthur and his twin brother Earl in 20,000 Days On Earth, a film documenting a fictitious 24 hours in the singer’s life.

US President Barack Obama has taken some time out of his busy schedule this weekend to focus on his job as dad-in-chief, taking his teenage daughters out for a New York visit. He first took care of presidential business, attending a small fundraiser hosted by shipping business couple George and Nitzia Logothetis for the Democratic National Committee. Obama then headed in his motorcade to Marine One, boarding the presidential helicopter from Lower Manhattan headed for the airport to return to Washington.

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