You know about Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Avengers and even Guardians of the Galaxy, but have you ever picked up an “Ant-Man” comic? If you are as surprised as we were, you’re not the only one!
Marvel Comics’ little known super hero “Ant-Man” stunned critics and movie-goers alike when it broke the weekend box office charts debuting at approximately $58 million ($56.4 million abroad), beating even Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” which opened with $30.2 million.
Though it is not a very expensive superhero movie ($130 million budget), it seems to have become a real crowd-puller at the multiplexes, especially the 3D screenings.Tthe movie reached the No.1 spot replacing Universal’s “Minions” ( $50.2 million in its second week), and putting Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” in the third spot ($30.2 million). While first-night viewers gave it a an “A” CinemaScore, critics rated it with a 79 percent approval rating.
Directed by Peyton Reed (who replaced Edgar Wright just before the shooting began) and starring Paul Rudd as small-scale superhero “Ant-Man,” the comic heist film is about Scott Lang, a master thief released from prison and recruited and trained by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to become “Ant-Man” with a size-shrinking suit that has superhuman strength and can control ant armies; his mission is to thwart the villain YellowJacket.
The movie seems to have made more of an impression on women. Speaking about it, Dave Hollis, head of distribution at Disney said, “Most encouragingly in this one, the exit scores we’re seeing from women – their likelihood to recommend and how much they enjoyed the film – was higher here than almost any film we’ve had,” Hollis said. “It’s a great sign for what word of mouth should be for the run, but, two, what it means for how women think about these movies being for them as much as men might.”