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Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Rises to $65 Million Opening, ‘Trainwreck’ Also Stellar.

Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office while Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” is overperforming with a $35 million launch frame, according to early Friday estimates. “Ant-Man” took in $6.4 million in Thursday-night preview screenings — comparable to the $6.2 million for Universal-Illumnation Entertainment’s “Minions.” Forecasts for “Ant-Man” had been in the $60 million to $65 million range at 3,856 locations, most of which are in 3D. In this week’s new releases, Amy Schumer shows off her comedic chops in the anticipated romantic-comedy “Trainwreck.” Marvel’s latest film features an impressive performance by Paul Rudd as “Ant-Man.” With performances by newcomers Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, the indie-film “Tangerine” is a “heartwarming meditation on friendship and human nature at its most resilient and optimistic,” writes critic Ann Hornaday. ★★★ “Trainwreck” (R) “Stand-up comedian and Comedy Central phenom Amy Schumer proves her cinematic bona fides in ‘Trainwreck,’ a strikingly assured feature film debut in which she proves herself as authentic an actress as she is deft as a writer.So the prospect that Ant-Man, the minuscule Mighty Mouse of Marvel’s stable of powerhouse superheroes, might join the brawny big-screen ranks of the Hulk, Thor and the rest has long held some pleasing irony. That’s why lots of curiosity ensued when, just weeks before shooting on “Ant-Man” was to commence, Edgar Wright, the British blender of genre and comedy who had worked on the project for eight years, departed over “creative differences.” It was a sacrifice, seemingly, to the Marvel colossus. Rudd plays a down-on-his-luck thief who uses technology to transform himself into the size of an insect. “Trainwreck” launched with $1.8 million in Thursday night previews.

Telling the story of Scott Lang, a man who inherits the mantle of Ant-Man from the costumed crusader’s originator, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the movie deploys its real secret weapon: wit.” – Michael O’Sullivan ★★★ “Tangerine” (R) “Bursting with unbridled humor and nervy, uncompromising brio, ‘Tangerine’ is a study in contradictions. The precise source of the dispute is unknown, but it’s clear enough from the final product, pushed forward with the quick insertion of director Peyton Reed (“Bring It On,” “The Break-Up”) and a rewrite by Adam McKay and others, that “Ant-Man” was bedeviled on one hand by staying true to its more modest size and idiosyncratic nature and on the other by meeting the larger, blander demands of being a Marvel movie complete with superhero cameos and sequel potential. The well-reviewed “Trainwreck” looks likely to exceed the first weekend’s Fox’s R-rated “Spy,” which opened with a $29 million on June 5-7. “Spy,” which was similarly embraced by critics, showed impressive staying power and has hit $105 million. He has an ethnically diverse group of petty criminal friends: Tip (T.I.) Harris, David Dastmalchian and Michael Pena, the only actor in the movie who’s rightly convinced he’s in a comedy. Universal and Schumer have been actively promoting “Trainwreck,” starting with a high-profile screening at March’s SXSW to generate buzz. “Trainwreck,” directed by R-rated comedy specialist Judd Apatow, cost a relatively modest $35 million to produce.

Lang is trying to right himself for the sake of his young daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Forston), and for the purpose of paying child support to his ex-wife (Judy Greer, an actress too good to be twice relegated to the domestic sidelines in this summer’s blockbusters). The animated spinoff will likely close the weekend with a cume of $220 million as Universal continues to dominate the domestic box office this year with a market share well above 25%.

Holmes.’ But in their place we get something more memorable: a lonely old man bedeviled by regrets and preoccupied with his legacy.” – Stephanie Merry ★★½ “A Poem Is a Naked Person” (Unrated) “I like Russell’s music, but I learned absolutely nothing about him. Along with his daughter (a bob-sporting Evangeline Lilly), he’s conspiring to prevent a former apprentice (Corey Stoll) from unlocking the atomic secrets that led to Ant-Man’s secret power: the ability to shrink down to bug size yet maintain strength. One wonders what someone who has never heard of the guy — who last year released a new album, ‘Life Journey,’ one day before his 72nd birthday — would make of the film, which is defiantly, even, at times, obnoxiously, obtuse.

During training, while Lang tries to perfect his communication with other underground ants, he sometimes pops out of the ground like a sprouted cabbage. Change, we are told, is afoot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Ant-Man” is the final movie in the studio’s Phase Two, and there are promises of bigger intergalactic battles looming in Phase Three.” Still, you have to squint pretty hard to spot the differences from Marvel movie to Marvel movie.

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