Ant-Man makes big impact at Box Office

Ant-Man took the top spot away from Minions this week with an estimated $58 million debut.

Ant-Man debuted with an estimated $58 million at the Box Office this weekend.

The latest instalment in the Marvel Universe was released on July 17. While the result hasn’t matched up to some of the comic giant’s best known releases, such as The Avengers and Iron Man, it was still able to dominate the North American market.

The film, which stars Paul Rudd in the title role, was relatively inexpensive for the studio to make in comparison to others with a $130 million budget. Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas also co-star in the action movie.

The film’s strong opening will come as a relief to Paul, 46, who admitted that getting into the shape for the role was quite challenging.

"I didn't do anything fun for a year," he told Cover Media, when asked how he got in shape for the shoot. "I ate no carbs or sugar, I worked out. I basically made health and fitness the focus of my day, for a long time. I would work out with a trainer; I worked with a guy who was teaching me tumbling, how to do flips, things like that. I was eating a lot of protein and vegetables, and I was eating at very specific times of the day. I didn't drink any alcohol. And I was miserable to be around for about a year."

Ant-Man was able to knock animated movie Minions off the top spot with its strong debut, however the little yellow funnies still managed to take a respectable $50.2 million in its second week of release.

Meanwhile Amy Schumer’s big screen debut Trainwreck also had a strong opening, pulling in an estimated $30.2 million. The funny woman wrote the movie as well as starred in the lead role and its earnings make it the second biggest comedy of the summer.

It also became the second best opening ever for director Judd Apatow, who has had previous successes with The-40-Year-Old-Virgin and Knocked Up.

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