'Ant-Man' Takes $22.64M Opening Day; 'Trainwreck' Starts with $10.7M; 'Minions' Fall Off to $14.6M

on July 18, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff
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Disney reports that Ant-Man bowed to $22.64 million on Friday, not terribly far behind the expected range heading into the weekend. Still, that represents the second lowest opening day in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, leading only 2008's The Incredible Hulk ($21.5 million) and falling about 12 percent short of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger ($25.7 million), which was the last Marvel pic to open in mid-to-late July. Despite tempered enthusiasm heading into release, early word of mouth appears generally positive with a 92 percent Flixster score (although that is comparable to Avengers: Age of Ultron's 90 percent) after an 80 percent Rotten Tomatoes critics' score. In short, it remains to be seen what kind of legs we can expect from Ant-Man at this point. BoxOffice is projecting a $57.5 million opening weekend.

Universal and Illumination's Minions dropped a sharp 68 percent from opening day last week to $14.6 million on Friday. Mixed word of mouth among older crowds is likely to blame, as well as the head-to-head competition for family crowds with opener Ant-Man. Through eight days of play, the prequel/spin-off has tallied $181.1 million domestically, which is a little over 3 percent more than Despicable Me 2 earned through the same point. The studio's weekend projection is $46.6 million, while BoxOffice's official projection is a little more optimistic at $47 million.

Debuting in a strong third place yesterday was Trainwreck with $10.7 million. Amy Schumer's leading role and screenwriting debut rode a wave of strong promotion over the past few months, culminating in this week's Emmy nomination for her Comedy Central show and a controversial GQ photo shoot with Star Wars characters. For director Judd Apatow, this marks his best career opening day, topping Knocked Up's $9.805 million back in June 2007. Yesterday's bow also exceeded that of 2011's Bridesmaids ($7.84 million) and 2005's The 40-Year-Old Virgin ($7.06 million). Early word of mouth is strong with an 83 percent Flixster user score and 85 percent from Rotten Tomatoes critics, indicating a fruitful run ahead for the raunchy rom-com. BoxOffice projects a $30 million opening frame.

Moving into fourth place, Pixar's Inside Out added $3.38 million yesterday -- representing a 38 percent decline from last Friday. With $298.08 million in the bank through 29 days of release, the flick is pacing almost 24 percent ahead of Up and on Saturday will become the studio's third title to ever pass $300 million in North America. BoxOffice projects an $11 million weekend.

Filling out the top five, Jurassic World was off 41 percent from last Friday to $3.2 million yesterday. In the process, it became only the fourth movie in history to pass the $600 million domestic benchmark, and did so in record time (36 days) after Titanic (252 days), Avatar (47 days), and Marvel's The Avengers (54 days). World also surpassed Titanic's original $600.8 million domestic run prior to its 2012 release. With $602.97 million in the bank to date, the mega blockbuster is pacing nearly 7 percent ahead of the first Avengers. The studio's official weekend estimate is $10.4 million.

Tags: Inside Out, Jurassic World, Ant-Man, Minions, Trainwreck
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