Marvel's "Ant-Man" Attempts to Shrink Universal's "Minions" at the Box Office

Set to release this week, Marvel's "Ant-Man" is estimated to pull in between $115-$125 million this weekend alone, reports Deadline. But when it comes to the domestic box office, it's looking like Universal/Illumination Entertainment's animated film "Minions" will give Marvel some stiff competition.

Last weekend, "Minions" broke records by pulling in $46.2 million on Friday and $115.7 million overall for the weekend, securing the largest opening day for an animated feature in North America and becoming a major box office hit. "Minions," Universal and family-friendly movies are riding high, which could be bad news for Marvel and "Ant-Man." The lowest of low estimates put "Ant-Man" at a box office haul of around $60 million, screening in an estimated 3,800 theaters with nearly 3,100 3D providers, 361 IMAX screens, 388 premium large format and 133 locations with D-BOX.

Estimated to make just a few million more than Marvel's "Thor" from 2011 (which earned $108.7 million in its opening weekend), showtimes for "Ant-Man" are set to start around 7pm this Thursday at most theaters.

With promotional tours, appearances at this past weekend's Comic-Con International in San Diego and a fresh rating of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Ant-Man" certainly has a strong shot at being number one at the box office this weekend and continuing Marvel Studios' stellar track record.

Also opening this weekend is Judd Apatow's comedy "Trainwreck," starring comedian and TV star Amy Schumer alongside former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Bill Hader, which could potentially pull in an audience looking for R-rated entertainment. Written by Schumer, the comedian brings her sense of humor to the big screen for the first time, after cutting her teeth on her Comedy Central show, "Inside Amy Schumer." The film is estimated to pull in roughly $20 million this weekend.

Directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll, "Ant-Man" is due out in theaters July 17.

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