Ant-Man Experiences Second Lowest Marvel Movie Opening

Ant-Man Experiences Second Lowest Marvel Movie Opening
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Marvel’s latest movie “Ant-Man” opened with some good news and bad news during the weekend.


On one hand, the movie opened at the top spot and managed to knock off “Minions” during its debut. In fact, it made an estimate $58 million. On the other hand, Time reports that it failed to meet expectations as the new superhero movie by Marvel was expected to open anywhere between $60 to $65 million.

The silver lining is, it fell just a little short of expectations. And more importantly, it managed to surpass the opening performance of Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk” back in 2008, which was only $55.4 billion.

At the same time, Forbes also reports that in the successful history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movie “Ant-Man” also experienced the second lowest earnings last Friday when it only managed to make around $22.64 million.

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The good news for this movie, however, is that it also managed to exceed “The Incredible Hulk’s” Friday performance, which was only $21.4 million. Moreover, it also slightly higher than Friday debuts for 2D “X-Men First Class” and 3D “Green Lantern,” which brought in $21.39 million each back in 2011. The Wall Street Journal reports that the movie cost $130 million to make.

The movie’s cast includes Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Peña as Luis, Evangeline Lily as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket.

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According to Marvel, “Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. ”

Moreover, film producer Kevin Feige also says that the relationship between Ant-man and his daughter is also explored in the movie.

He says, “We meet him as he’s leaving prison. We figure he’s been in for four or five years, [and] his daughter is six. So he doesn’t have much of a relationship with her, and he very much wants [one]. But he can’t hold down a job, he can’t pay child support, and his wife has married a police officer, which just makes it all worse for him. He begrudgingly returns to a life of crime to try to get enough money to pay his child support, to be able to see his daughter. Ultimately that’s what Hank plays off of to try to pull him into his scheme.”

Meanwhile, Marvel fans can expect to see Ant-man join the rest of the Avengers Marvel’s upcoming movie, “Captain America: Civil War.” Expect to see it in theaters on May 6, 2016.