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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!

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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.

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.

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

Adam B. Vary is a senior film reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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