It looked like a $60 million weekend for Marvel/Disney’s “Ant-Man.” Good reviews helped this B-team effort from Marvel to a healthy Midnight Thursday opening and beefy Friday.
But the air went out of the balloon a bit Saturday, and Fanboydom faded in terms of impact as it now looks like a $56-58 million or so opening. Not too shabby, but more in line with the top end of blockbuster expectations in mid to late July. HALF of “Avengers,” or thereabouts, for a little perspective.
The actual numbers are tallied Monday afternoon.
“Trainwreck” has been promoted to death and earned rave reviews (mostly), but it won’t hit its $30 million benchmark, as maybe Amy Schumer isn’t every R-rated comedy fan’s fantasy. Funny enough, but $28 million is now the mark they’re hoping to clear. That will probably mean it has a chance of matching “Ted 2” in the long run (It’s at $77 million, which is where “Trainwreck” is destined), but no chance of catching Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy”, which has cleared $106 million.
The second weekend of the “Despicable Me” sequel has fallen off by almost 59%, pretty steep for a franchise that’s been this lucrative. It will not, in the long run, top Pixar’s “Inside/Out.”
“Gallows” is DOA.
“Mr. Holmes,” in limited release, opened at #11. An Indian film, Bajrangdi Bhaijaan, opening in limited release, cracked the top ten.
“Self/less,” “Gallows” “Magic Mike” and “Terminator: Terminal” are fading fast.