Box office: 'Ant-Man' eyes $60M; 'Trainwreck' will near $30M

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Disney and Marvel's "Ant-Man" and Amy Schumer's R-rated comedy "Trainwreck" both enjoyed solid starts at the Friday box office, although weekend estimates have been revised downwards after moviegoing slowed Friday night.

"Ant-Man," starring Paul Rudd, is easily winning the North American race with a $22.6 million Friday, putting it on course to earn just shy of $60 million for the weekend, a respectable start for the Marvel Studios and Disney title even if it's on the lower end of expectations.. Either way, that will put "Ant-Man" easily ahead of holdover "Minions," which is expected to come in at No. 2 with a $47 million weekend.

The movie earned an A CinemaScore, boosting word-of-mouth.

Directed by Peyton Reed, Marvel Studios and Disney's "Ant-Man" stars Rudd as con-man Scott Lang who, armed with a super-suit with the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, attempts to pull off a heist that will save the world. The comedic superhero film, which also stars Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll, cost $130 million to produce, and is considered the most comedic and family-friendly superhero film to to hit the big screen to date.

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Box office: 'Ant-Man' eyes $60M; 'Trainwreck' will near $30M
Honoree and Comedian Amy Schumer pretends to trip and fall on the floor in front of honorees Kim Kardashian (2nd-L) and Kanye West (L) as they attend the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People at The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York. (Timothy A. Clary via AFP/Getty Images)
Honoree and comedian Amy Schumer pretends to trip and fall on the floor in front of honorees Kim Kardashian and Kanye West as they attend the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People at The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York. (Timothy A. Clary via AFP/Getty Images)
Amy Schumer trips in front of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Honoree and Comedian Amy Schumer pretends to trip and fall on the floor in front of honorees Kim Kardashian (2nd-L) and Kanye West (L) as they attend the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People at The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York. (Timothy A. Clary via AFP/Getty Images)
Bradley Cooper and Amy Schumer attend the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West attend the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Amy Schumer attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West attend the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Amy Schumer attends the world premiere of "Trainwreck" at Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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"Trainwreck" is exceeding expectations, grossing $10.7 million Friday for a projected $28.9 million weekend. Friday afternoon, based on early returns, the R-rated comedy was projected to open in the mid-$30 million range, which would have marked the best debut of filmmaker Judd Apatow's directing career (his current best is "Knocked Up" with $30.9 million).

Even if it debuts just shy of $30 million, "Trainwreck"'s better-than-expected performance is a testament to Schumer's popularity, and is being fueled by women (67 percent). Heading into the weekend, the Universal movie was expected to open to $20 million.

Schumer both stars in and penned "Trainwreck." The comedy, earning an A- CinemaScore and costing a modest $35 million to make, is the fifth film directed by Apatow, and the first he didn't also write.

The story centers on Schumer's character, a commitment-phobic career woman who doesn't believe in monogamy, who may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. Bill Hader and LeBron James also star.

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