NEW YORK (AP) – Marvel’s “Ant-Man” punched above its weight at the weekend box office, debuting with an estimated $58 million, while Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” also opened strongly with $30.2 million.
The result didn’t match some of Marvel’s better known, brawnier properties. But “Ant-Man” – a relatively inexpensive superhero movie with a $130 million budget – still dominated North American multiplexes.
The tiny hero, played by Paul Rudd, edged out the little yellow guys of Universal’s “Minions” for the top spot. In its second week of release, “Minions” took in $50.2 million.
Schumer’s big-screen debut “Trainwreck,” which the comedian also wrote, earned an estimated $30.2 million. That makes it one of the biggest comedy successes this summer and the second best opening ever for director Judd Apatow.