EXCLUSIVE: With Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer racking up seven Emmy noms today including a lead comedy actress nom for Schumer, chances are the comedian probably has popped the cork on a bottle of champagne. Well, she can start chilling another one.
Fandango reports that presales for Schumer’s R-rated comedy feature debut Trainwreck are out-pacing Spy and Ted 2 at the same point in their sales cycle. Spy, which was directed by Bridesmaid helmer Paul Feig and stars Melissa McCarthy, bowed to $29M and currently counts $104.8M at the domestic B.O. Ted 2 bowed to $33.5M and has a current cume of $74.2M.
Universal’s Trainwreck, directed by Apatow and written by Schumer, originally was expected to have a bow in the mid-to-high teens. Now, following Schumer’s Emmy nominations today, industry sources see Trainwreck pulling in at least $20M-$22M. Talk about perfect timing: landing Emmy noms before your feature film opens. The advance sales heat on Trainwreck — presales also are better than any other Apatow film — makes perfect sense as older women, the film’s strongest demo per tracking, tend to buy their tickets in advance.
According to a recent Fandango survey, 81% of those buying tickets are excited to see Schumer as a female lead in a romantic comedy. Among Apatow’s openers, 2007’s Knocked Up is tops in the books with a FSS of $30.7M. Trainwreck goes up against Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man, which is expected to have a slight edge over the second frame of Universal’s Minions with $60M-$63M.