Marvel's winning streak continued this weekend with Ant-Man becoming the studio's 12th consecutive superhero movie to open in the top spot at the box office. Marvel's final Phase Two movie opened at #1 this weekend with just over $58 million domestically, with an additional $56.4 million internationally for a three-day global haul of $114.4 million. The opening was more than enough to take the top spot from last weekend's winner, Minions, which dropped to second place with $50.2 million. But the gross was still on the low side for the MCU.
Ant-Man's three-day tally is the second lowest in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, behind the $55.4 million opening weekend gross of 2008's The Incredible Hulk. The figure was on par with many industry expectations. Part of the reason for this "low" opening is because the coveted teenage audience didn't flock to the movie, with Deadline reporting that teens only accounted for 13% of the audience, compared to 55% for males over the age of 25. Still, director Peyton Reed's movie, budgeted at $130 million, pulled in a solid $15,052 per-screen average from 3,856 theaters. We'll have to wait until next Sunday to see how much the movie drops.
Universal's Minions dropped 56.6% this weekend from its $115.7 million opening weekend, taking in $50.2 million. The animated spinoff of the studio's Despicable Me franchise has pulled in $216.6 million domestically in 10 days at the box office, and $625.7 million worldwide. The movie could be on its way to becoming Universal Pictures' third movie this year to crack $1 billion worldwide, following Furious 7 ($1.511 billion) and Jurassic World ($1.513 billion). Those lovable yellow creatures still have a ways to go before cracking $1 billion, but if it does so, it will make Universal Pictures the first studio in history to have three movies crack $1 billion worldwide in one year.
Also opening for Universal this weekend is the comedy Trainwreck, which pulled in a respectable $30.2 million in its first three days in theaters. The comedy starring Amy Schumer pulled in a respectable $9,563 per-screen average from 3,158 theaters. The movie marked the star's screenwriting debut and her first starring role in a major studio movie, alongside Bill Hader and NBA star LeBron James, as himself. Pixar's Inside Out dropped to fourth place this weekend with $11.6 million, with Jurassic World dropping from second place to fifth place with $11.4 million.
The top 10 was rounded out by Terminator Genisys ($5.4 million), Magic Mike XXL ($4.5 million), The Gallows ($4 million), Ted 2 ($2.7 million) and the indie Mr. Holmes ($2.4 million), which only opened in 363 theaters nationwide. Next weekend brings three new movies in wide release, 20th Century Fox's young adult adaptation Paper Towns, Sony's video game action-comedy Pixels and The Weinstein Company's boxing drama Southpaw. Be sure to check back on Friday for our predictions, and again on Sunday for the box office estimates, but until then, take a look at this weekend's top 10.
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