Ant-Man towers at UK box office
21 July 2015
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Marvel’s tiny superhero Ant-Man has walked tall above his rivals at the UK and Ireland box office.
Starring Paul Rudd, the film took more than £4m over its opening weekend, although it took considerably less than Avengers: Age of Ultron which debuted with more than £17m in April.
Ant-Man’s closest rival was Minions which has taken £32.3m in its four weeks on release.
The second highest new entry was a concert film featuring Andre Rieu.
The violinist and conductor’s 2015 Maastricht Concert earned £1.1m over the weekend.
According to Screen Daily, the film broke single night and all-time box office records for a music concert in the UK after taking more than £1m on Saturday night alone.
It surpassed the previous one day and all-time records set by Take That Live in June and One Direction: Where We Are.
Ant-Man’s fairly sluggish opening mirrors its debut in the US, where its takings were way below those reached by other Marvel Studio films on their opening weekends, such as Captain America, despite taking top spot with $ 58m (£37m).
Ant-Man had a considerably smaller budget though – $ 130m (£83m) – so it is likely to make its money back and turn a tidy profit worldwide.
Indian drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan opened in seventh with takings just north of £758,000.
Horror film The Gallows was the next highest earner at number nine with the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy continuing its strong run, landing at number 10, having earned more than £2m since opening three weeks ago.
|UK AND IRELAND BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE|
|3. Ted 2||£1,360,492|
|4. Jurassic World||£1,136,220|
|5. Andrew Rieu’s 2015 Maastricht Concert||£1,107,000|
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