Box Office: Ant-Man Wins, Trainwreck Shocks

paulrudd_ant-manMarvel formula: Throw recognizable person into a superhero costume, count cash – yes, I’m bitter (image via Tech Times)

To the surprise of no one familiar with Marvel’s current domination of Hollywood, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man topped the weekend box office with an estimated $58 million. The Paul Rudd-led superhero flick just fell short of the projected $60-65 million opening, and its $15,501 per-screen average was a bit low, but strong word of mouth should keep audiences coming back for more.

amyschumer_trainwreck2The real winner this weekend… I’m biased, OK?

Meanwhile, Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck debuted in third place (behind Minions, God help me) with $30.2 million. The acclaimed Amy Schumer-led comedy surpassed its mid-teens expectations and made for the second-best Apatow opening, falling slightly behind Knocked Up (2007)’s $30.9 million debut. Assuming it holds well, I imagine we’ll see Trainwreck pushed for original screenplay and actress nominations.

ianmckellen_mrholmesNewly anointed a member of Taylor Swift’s squad *and* a solid opening for Mr. Holmes? How can life get any better for Ian McKellen?

Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes pulled in $2.49 million – good enough for No. 10 at the weekend box office – despite debuting in just 363 locations. Ian McKellen, who may end up in the actor race, leads the drama as an aging Sherlock Holmes who battles senility while grappling with his last unsolved case.

emmastone_irrationalman_official-colliderMy early projections for this to be a legit Oscar contender are best forgotten, no?

Last but not least, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man claimed the highest per-screen average of the weekend, pulling in $188,000 from just five screens. Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone lead the comedy as a philosophy professor in an existential rut and his student/love interest, respectively.

Check out the weekend top 10 below.

  1. NEW!!! Ant-Man: $58 million
  2. Minions: $50.2 million
  3. NEW!!! Trainwreck: $30.2 million
  4. Inside Out: $11.66 million
  5. Jurassic World: $11.4 million
  6. Terminator Genisys: $5.4 million
  7. Magic Mike XXL: $4.5 million
  8. The Gallows: $4 million
  9. Ted 2: $2.7 million
  10. NEW!!! Mr. Holmes: $2.49 million

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