‘Ant Man’ tops North American box office

Los Angeles, July 20 (IANS) American superhero film “Ant Man” debuted with $58 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office in North America, marking it Marvel’s 12th consecutive comic adaptation to open in the No.1 spot.

An estimated 42 percent of overall grosses of the “Ant Man” at the weekend came from 3D version screenings, Xinhua reported on Monday.

Opening at 3,856 locations, this Paul Rudd led superhero film has an “A” CinemaScore from first-night moviegoers. Critics gave it a 79 percent in approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (58 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (55 percent). Family audience made up an estimated 28 percent of the film’s overall audience.

“Ant Man”, with a budget of $130 million, also opened in about half of the world’s movie markets and raked in another $56.4 million overseas this weekend, according to box office tracker Rentrak.

Universal’s “Minions” dropped 57 percent in ticket sales compared with last weekend and took the second place at the box office. It added another $50.2 million this weekend.

Women were attracted by the new Amy Schumer led R-rated comedy, “Trainwreck” which opened in the third place at 3,158 locations in North America this weekend with an estimated $30.2 million in ticket sales.

“Trainwreck” also from Universal, received an “A-” CinemaScore and a solid 85 percent positive rating from critics. Sixty-six percent of the audience was female.

Rounding out the rest 10 highest-grossing films in the US and Canada this weekend were “Inside Out” ($11.6 million), “Jurassic World” ($11.4 million), “Terminator Genisys” ($5.4 million), “Magic Mike XXL” ($4.5 million), “Gallows” ($4 million), “Ted 2” ($2.7 million) and “Mr. Holmes” ($2.5 million).

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