“Ant-Man” (Buena Vista), Marvel’s latest in its seemingly limitless pool of standalone character film adaptations, dominated the Top Ten yesterday. Its $22.6 million haul (including Thursday night results), though mid-level for a Marvel opening, is a healthy result at a minimum.
The gross led another strong Friday, with the Top Ten totaling around $61 million, up over a third fro the same mid-July Friday last year. But “Ant-Man” alone wasn’t responsible. “Minions” (Universal) in second, with $14.6 million, fell from its $46 million premiere last week (though still better than the second Friday for the two earlier “Despicable” entries). Third spot went to the Amy Schumer comedy “Trainwreck” at $10.7 million. That bests the opening days for director Judd Apatow’s earlier summer hits “Knocked Up” and “40-Year-Old Virgin.”
These results knocked two current massive hits – “Inside Out” (Buena Vista) and “Jurassic World” (Universal) out of the top three for the first time in their runs. The Pixar smash did just under $3.4 million to take fourth (and will reach $300 million today). “Jurassic” in fifth did another $3.2 million and is now over $600 million.
Hovering around $1.7 million, “Terminator: Genisys” (Paramount) and “Magic Mike XXL” (Warner Bros.) took sixth and seventh places respectively. The second Friday of “The Gallows” (Warner Bros.) could only muster $1.3 million in eighth, while “Ted 2” (Universal) with $759,000 took ninth. The Bollywood “Bajrangi Bhadijaan” (Eros) came in tenth with $730,000 in only 256 theaters.
Coming in just behind, and in position to take a run at the weekend Top Ten, is “Mr. Holmes” (Roadside Attractions), with $650,000. That’s slightly better than the opening day for “Mud” in the exact same number of theaters in 2013, making this an impressive launch.