Any way you cut it, the top dog this weekend was Paul Rudd, whose endearing smile and newfound superhero chops carried Ant-Man to #1 with $58M. True, the movie underperformed compared to the expected $60M-$65M predictions, but for Rudd, it was his biggest live-action opening in which he was the main star (next after that would be Dinner for Schmucks at $23M). Congratulations to him!
The other big comedy actor of the weekend was Amy Schumer and her starring role in Trainwreck! It took $30.2M for the weekend, overperforming the initial predictions, and proving that Schumer has a broader appeal than just her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer. Congrats to her!
The movie was also a big win for Judd Apatow, who directed the movie and has made it the 2nd biggest opening weekend in his career (just behind Knocked Up, which took $30.9M).
Exciting news for box-office receipts, but the real shocker for us was on the MoviePass side! Trainwreck was #1 in our users for this weekend, beating Ant-Man by less than 1% (30.7% vs 29.8%). What an upset!! Normally, Marvel knocks any other competitor out of the park, but does this weekend indicate a shift in tastes or boredom with the summer superhero fare? We’ll have to wait and see…