Disney's Marvel Studios film is expected to open with between $60 million and $65 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys.
An opening in that range puts it on par with openings for other Marvel titles such as "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Thor," both of which opened with about $65 million in 2011.
However, many are comparing "Ant-Man" to Marvel's surprise summer 2014 hit
Drawn from a relatively obscure comic book within the universe of Marvel titles, that film, starring
Dave Hollis, Disney's head of distribution, said he is confident in the film's success.
"It's riskier to have a new character introduced ... but as we have seen from the response to the film, Marvel has demonstrated once again versatility in filmmaking," he said. "Marvel has continued to focus on growing the universe, and telling the origin story of a new character helps that universe expand."
Meanwhile, analysts said the film "Trainwreck" offers solid counter-programming to the latest Marvel movie. The comedy is tracking to make between $19 million and $22 million. Universal has a more modest forecast, in the mid-to-high teens, but some analysts think it could surpass expectations thanks to positive word-of-mouth.
The Universal Pictures film is
Though it is not expected to top the weekend, "Trainwreck" is seen as being able to draw in large crowds, especially female filmgoers, who have flexed their box-office clout and helped boost films such as "Pitch Perfect 2."
Amy Schumer's pop-culture prominence -- many sketches from her Comedy Central show, "Inside Amy Schumer," have become viral, and she recently hosted the
The film costars Bill Hader, Brie Larson, WWE star John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Ezra Miller, Dave Attel, Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton and NBA superstar LeBron James.
It's the latest film in Universal's slate, which includes "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Furious 7" and "Jurassic World." All 12 of Universal's titles in 2015 have helped the studio collect more than $1.6 billion domestically, according to data firm Rentrak.
"When you are seemingly unable to do any wrong as Universal is at this point, it seems hard to bet against 'Trainwreck' even though R-rated comedies haven't been doing so well this year in comparison to some of the other genres," said Bruce Nash, founder and publisher of TheNumbers.com. "It will be an interesting weekend."
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