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"Ant-Man" Has Marvel Studios' Lowest Opening Weekend Since 2008

Its estimated $58 million debut is only bigger than 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Irony!

Posted on July 19, 2015, at 2:46 p.m. ET

Ant-Man opened this weekend with an estimated $58 million at the domestic box office.

That was enough to top the box office over Minions' second weekend and the debut of writer-star Amy Schumer's romantic comedy Trainwreck (which made a solid $30.2 million). And it's the best opening weekend ever for both its star, Paul Rudd, and its director, Peyton Reed.But Ant-Man's debut is also the worst box office performance for a Marvel Studios movie in seven years.
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That was enough to top the box office over Minions' second weekend and the debut of writer-star Amy Schumer's romantic comedy Trainwreck (which made a solid $30.2 million). And it's the best opening weekend ever for both its star, Paul Rudd, and its director, Peyton Reed.

But Ant-Man's debut is also the worst box office performance for a Marvel Studios movie in seven years.

Of Marvel Studios' 12 films so far, Ant-Man has only opened better than 2008's The Incredible Hulk.

And when adjusting for ticket price inflation, Ant-Man actually has Marvel Studios' lowest opening ever.
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And when adjusting for ticket price inflation, Ant-Man actually has Marvel Studios' lowest opening ever.

The film's "A" CinemaScore rating suggests word-of-mouth is strong, but Ant-Man is still unlikely to approach the grosses for any of the other films in Marvel Studios' "Phase 2" slate, starting with 2013's Iron Man 3.

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Rudd will also appear as Ant-Man in next May's Captain America: Civil War. But with Marvel Studios' "Phase 3" slate crowded until 2019, it could be a long time before Marvel's littlest superhero gets his own movie again — if he ever does at all.

Here are the estimated top 10 box office figures for Friday to Sunday, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. Ant-Man* — $58 million

2. Minions — $50.2 million

3. Trainwreck* — $30.2 million

4. Inside Out — $11.7 million

5. Jurassic World — $11.4 million

6. Terminator: Genisys — $5.4 million

7. Magic Mike XXL — $4.5 million

8. The Gallows — $4 million

9. Ted 2 — $2.7 million

10. Mr. Holmes* — $2.5 million

*Opening weekend

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