Monday, May 20, 2024

“Ant Man” Can’t Man: Marvel’s New Release May Be a Trainwreck at Box Office


SAT MORNING UPDATE: Ant Man had the second lowest Friday opening for a Marvel movie– $22.6 million. Trainwreck came in at $10.7 million.

EARLIER Marvel may have its first box stumble in a long time this weekend. “Ant Man” took in $6.4 million on Thursday night. That’s not a good omen. Consider that “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” did $27.6 million on its Thursday recently. Or that the average for Marvel has been more around $10 million. Disney is already starting to revise its weekend estimates down from the original $60-$65 million to $50-$55 million.

Of course, “Ant Man” is original, and not a sequel, so that accounts for ambivalence among fans. Plus, the reviews have been in the B, B plus area, so so and not that enthusiastic. That doesn’t help. And Paul Rudd isn’t exactly an action hero, even though he says he spent a year not eating to get into shape.

Meanwhile, Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” — or Amy Schumer’s– did better than expected last night with $1.8 million. A totally winning comedy, “Trainwreck” may surprise everyone and give the Ant Man a nibble or two.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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