Once again, Marvel won the box office this weekend, showing that even their smallest heroes can post big numbers.
Coming in #1 this week is Ant-Man (read our review), which made $58 million over its first three days. That may seem like a low figure, especially for Marvel Studios (it's actually their lowest opening weekend since 2008's The Incredible Hulk), but things are a lot better than they initially seem. For starters, this is still a strong turnout for a property as obscure as something like Ant-Man. It's true that last year's Guardians of the Galaxy broke some box office records when it came out, but that's more of the exception and not the rule. Nobody expected Ant-Man to make its way into the history books, and though it opened a bit below what the expectations were, the studio still has to be happy with the overall result.
In terms of MCU projects, Ant-Man is one of the relatively cheaper ones, as its production budget was "just" $130 million. Globally, the film has brought in $114.4 million already, meaning that it's well on its way to turning a profit for Marvel. When you take into account that it's generating positive word-of-mouth both critically and with casual audiences (who seem to be responding well to the heist elements), Ant-Man seems set up for a lucrative box office run. It may not dominate the marketplace like some of its shared universe brethren have, but at the end of the day this is another winner for the Marvel machine.
Falling to #2 this week is last week's champion Minions. The Despicable Me spinoff grossed $50.2 million over the weekend, and has made an impressive $216.6 million domestically so far. Internationally, the film is doing even stronger business, with a worldwide total in excess of $625 million. Time will tell if it will join the $1 billion club, but Universal has already made a pretty penny off of their investment. Mixed critical reaction and all, people love those Minions.
Amy Schumer's Trainwreck (read our review) is the #3 film, bringing in $30 million over its opening weekend. That's more or less in line with the expectations analysts had for it, and it's a strong showing for the comedian's first major film. Trainwreck was made for the small price of $35 million, meaning that it should turn a nice profit when it's all said and done. By all accounts, the romantic comedy is playing well as a counter-programming option for adult moviegoers looking for an alternative to the blockbuster fare, and since it is receiving positive word-of-mouth, it should continue to post healthy numbers for the next few weeks and be a modest hit.
The #4 film this weekend is Inside Out. Pixar's latest made $11.6 million in its fifth weekend and is now up to $306.3 million in the States.
Rounding out the top five is Jurassic World. The sci-fi blockbuster added $11.4 million to its domestic total, which is currently at $611.1 million. It sits fourth on the all-time domestic chart, inching closer and closer to The Avengers' $623 million.
Terminator: Genisys comes in at #6 with $5.4 million. In a stark contrast from Jurassic World, this sci-fi franchise revival is struggling commercially, only making $80.6 million domestically at this point in its run.
The #7 film is Magic Mike XXL, which grossed $4.5 million. The male stripper dramedy is now at $58.5 million domestically.
Horror movie The Gallows is #8 this week, after it grossed $4 million in its second weekend. The film has brought in $18 million so far.
Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 comes in at #9 with $2.7 million. The sequel has now made $77.4 million Stateside, a significant decrease from where the original was at at a similar point in its respective run.
Finishing off the top ten is Mr. Holmes (read our review). Despite playing in just 363 theaters, the idea of Ian McKellen playing a 93-year old Sherlock Holmes was too tempting to miss for some, as the film grossed $2.4 million in its first weekend.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, July 13 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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