1. Ant-Man – $58 million [debut week] It’s odd when the experts predict a box office estimate and the actual figure lands squarely on the mark. Marvel Studio’s latest entry makes it the 12th of its offerings to open at No. 1.
Of the 12 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, ‘Ant-Man’ has the 11th lowest opening, slightly above ‘The Incredible Hulk’s‘ $55.4 million debut in 2008. That doesn’t necessarily mean the well is drying up on Marvel films — Ant-Man isn’t a household name and it’s doubtful Marvel Studios was anticipating a $100M opening — a feat only the two Avengers and the last two Iron Man films accomplished. ‘Ant-Man’ did exactly what it needed to do in terms of keeping audiences fully engaged with Team Marvel in prep for what could be the studios highest grosser yet with ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ featuring the clash of Captain America and Iron Man.
2. Minions – $50.7 million [2nd week; $216.7 million total] Last week’s winner fell to second place this week, but it’s safe to say with the lack of competition for families it should be comfortable in the Top 3 for many more weeks. In another couple of weeks, it should overtake ‘Despicable Me’s’ haul of $251 million, but catching the sequel’s $368 million seems fully out of the question. Still, that’s definitely great for a spin-off. By comparison, last year’s ‘Penguins of Madagascar‘ only managed $83.5 million its total run in theaters.
3. Trainwreck – $30.2 million [debut week] Amy Schumer’s box office coming out party also was a big hit with audiences eager to see the movie starring comedy’s new ‘It Woman.’ With a $35 million budget, this marks yet another feather in the cap for Universal Pictures, which is having a tremendous year with one hit after another from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Furious 7,’ ‘Minions‘ and ‘Jurassic World.’
4. Inside Out – $11.6 million [4th week; $306.4 million] Pixar had a lot to be excited about this week as well as the emotional animated crowd-pleaser hit the $300 million mark. That makes it the third of Pixar’s offerings with ‘Toy Story 3‘ and ‘Finding Nemo‘ to hit that milestone.
5. Jurassic World – $11.4 million [6th week; $611.1 million] The dino thriller is nearing its end of its Top 5 stay, but should have enough left in the tank to top ‘The Avengers” $623 million for third place all time.