Ant-Man punches above his weight in debut weekend, earns US$58 million

Ant-Man raked in US$58 million on its debut weekend to emerge top of the North American box office.
Ant-Man raked in US$58 million on its debut weekend to emerge top of the North American box office. PHOTO: MARVEL STUDIOS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Marvel action flick Ant-Man proved less can be more as it topped the North American box office tally in its debut over the weekend, industry figures showed Sunday.

The movie - about a thief-turned-hero who wears special armor that makes him tiny but super strong as he undertakes a mission to save the world - posted sales of US$58 million (S$79.3 million), said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

It unseated the animated comedy Minions, a prequel to the Despicable Me movies featuring three tiny mischievous creatures. This one came in second with US$50.2 million, after racking up US$115.7 million last weekend in its debut.

Minions tells the story of lozenge-shaped, yellow characters whose goal is to serve the most despicable master they can.

Another movie making its debut - Trainwreck with comic Amy Schumer - came in third with US$30.2 million in sales. It is about a woman who is wary of steady romantic relationships but falls for a sports doctor.


In fourth place was the animated flick Inside Out, at US$11.7 million.

It features the voice of comedian Amy Poehler and follows young Riley as her emotions of joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness battle it out internally as she copes with a move to a new city.

Jurassic World dropped from second to fifth place, taking in another US$11.4 million, bringing the dinosaur movie's overall total to a huge $611.1 million.

Taking the sixth spot was action-packed sci-fi fantasy Terminator Genisys, which brought in US$5.4 million in its third weekend.

In seventh position was Magic Mike XXL, a dance-themed drama about a former stripper, starring Channing Tatum. It pulled in US$4.5 million in theaters over the weekend.

Dropping to eighth place after debuting at number five was Hollywood producer Jason Blum's latest spine-tingler, The Gallows, which took in US$4 million.

The movie, which recalls 1999's The Blair Witch Project for its hand-held camera technique, gives young actors Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos and Cassidy Gifford their first substantial roles.

Ted 2, the raunchy sequel to Seth MacFarlane's comedy about a foul-mouthed teddy bear grabbed ninth place, bringing in UsS$2.7 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was Bajrangi Bhaijaan at US$2.5 million.

It is about a speech-impaired girl from Pakistan who gets lost in India and gets help from a kind-hearted man to find her way home to her family.