Grosses

'Ant-Man' Leads Again with $24.9M; 'Pixels' #2 with Lackluster $24.0M Start; Solid 'Southpaw' ($16.7M) Outpaces Soft 'Paper Towns' ($12.7M)July 27, 2015 12:53 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Ant-Man took in $24.91 million this weekend, which was good enough to lead the weekend box office for a second consecutive frame. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel was down a sharp 56.5 percent from last weekend, but was able to remain in first place this weekend thanks in part to the disappointing debut of Pixels and the soft third weekend hold of Minions. Ant-Man surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has grossed a solid $106.22 million in ten days. The film continues to perform in line with the lower end of pre-release expectations. Ant-Man is currently running 9 percent ahead of the $97.06 million ten-day take of 2008's The Incredible Hulk (which fell 57 percent in its second weekend to gross $22.14 million) and 9.5 percent behind the $117.42 million ten-day gross of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger (which declined 61 percent to gross $25.55 million).

Sony's Pixels debuted in a very close second place with $24.01 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy was off to a disappointing start and even with scaled back expectations had been widely expected to lead the box office heading into the weekend. Ultimately the film's high-profile retro video game concept and the high levels of buzz generated by its initial trailer weren't enough to overcome poor critical reviews and Sandler's declining popularity. Pixels opened a lackluster 42 percent below the $41.51 million debut of 2013's Grown Ups 2. The film performed much more in line with the $23.76 million debut of the Kevin James led Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 earlier this year (James also stars in Pixels). That comparison is especially underwhelming given the added presence of Sandler, the film's retro video game characters (including PAC-MAN and Donkey Kong) and its advantage of higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions.

Pixels opened with $9.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.5 million from Thursday evening shows), declined 8 percent on Saturday to gross $8.42 million and fell 23 percent on Sunday to gross $6.48 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.63 to 1. Pixels received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore, which isn't a great sign, but does suggest that audiences are responding to the film better than critics have. On the brighter side of things the production budget for Pixels was fairly modest by high-profile summer release standards and the film was off to a relatively stronger start overseas this weekend.

Minions wasn't far behind with a third place take of $22.93 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was down a sizable 53.5 percent from last weekend. After a terrific opening weekend performance, Minions has displayed lackluster holding power due in part to mixed word of mouth (especially among adults) and to the massive initial rush out of the film's fanbase during the film's first week of release. With that said, Minions has already grossed $262.45 million in 17 days. That places the film just ahead of the $258.57 million 17-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2, though it should be reminded that Minions does have an advantage in the comparison as a result of Despicable Me 2 opening on a Wednesday.

Fellow Universal release Trainwreck followed in fourth with $17.28 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow was down a solid 43 percent from last weekend. The film's hold this weekend does indicate that the rush out of Schumer's fanbase has led to relatively more initial front-loading than usual for a film from Apatow; but the film is still highly likely to hold up much better going forward thanks to its strong word of mouth and critical reviews. Trainwreck has grossed a very promising $61.53 million in ten days. The film is currently running an impressive 42 percent ahead of the $43.34 million ten-day take of 2009's Julie & Julia (which fell 40 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.06 million) and 7 percent behind the $65.87 million ten-day gross of 2007's Knocked Up (which declined 36 percent to take in $19.64 million).

The Weinstein Company's Southpaw rounded out the weekend's top five with a $16.70 million debut. The Antoine Fuqua directed sports drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal opened slightly ahead of expectations and surprisingly ahead of Paper Towns in this weekend's rankings. Despite mixed critical reviews, Southpaw was off to a nice start this weekend thanks in part to an effective marketing campaign that was aided by the film's soundtrack and by focusing on Gyllenhaal's buzzed about performance. Southpaw opened 27 percent ahead of the $13.15 million debut of 2012's End of Watch and 9 percent behind the $18.32 million start of 2005's Cinderella Man.

Southpaw started out with $6.20 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.2 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 8 percent on Saturday to gross $5.70 million decreased a slim 16 percent on Sunday to gross $4.79 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.69 to 1. Southpaw received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which is a strong early sign for the film going forward.

Meanwhile, Fox's Paper Towns was off to a disappointing sixth place start with $12.65 million. The young adult adaptation starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne opened well below expectations. The goodwill from the success of last year's The Fault in Our Stars (which like Paper Towns, was also adapted from a John Green novel) helped generate high levels of online buzz for Paper Towns in the weeks leading up to its release, but that buzz ultimately failed to transfer over to the box office. In addition to opening 74 percent below the $48.00 million debut of The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns opened 19 percent below the $15.68 million start of last year's If I Stay.

On top of the soft opening, Paper Towns was extremely front-loaded this weekend. The film was off to a respectable $6.33 million start on Friday (which included a significant $2.0 million from Thursday night shows), but fell a massive 44 percent on Saturday to gross $3.52 million and declined 20 percent on Sunday to take in $2.80 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of only 2.00 to 1, which obviously isn't a good sign going forward. Paper Towns did receive a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore and carried a reported produced budget of just $12 million.

In other box office news, Universal's Jurassic World moved into third place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list after a $7.18 million eighth place take this weekend. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $624.08 million in 45 days, which places it just ahead of the $623.36 million final domestic gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers. 1997's Titanic (with aid from its 2012 re-issue) claims second place on the all-time domestic list with a lifetime unadjusted gross of $658.67 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 15 - Sun, Apr. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$39,225,962--3,827--$10,250$39,225,9621Fox
2Scream 4$18,692,090--3,305--$5,656$18,692,0901Weinstein Company
3HOP$10,715,205-50%3,608-8$2,970$82,157,6053Universal
4Hanna$7,282,546-41%2,54510$2,862$23,282,8582Focus
5Soul Surfer$7,268,502-31%2,2140$3,283$19,865,1292Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$6,755,340-45%3,2760$2,062$22,163,7572Warner Bros.
7Insidious$6,744,623-28%2,233-186$3,020$35,870,8913FilmDistrict
8Source Code$6,209,058-28%2,557-414$2,428$36,898,5803Summit
9Your Highness$4,019,710-57%2,7723$1,450$16,077,4752Universal
10Limitless$3,660,104-33%1,885-770$1,942$69,589,3225Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$2,884,979-33%1,702-718$1,695$50,454,6405Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,081,944-56%1,849-1032$1,126$48,122,7734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$3,506,602--707--$4,960$3,506,6021Roadside Attractions
2Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$1,686,347--299--$5,640$1,686,3471Rocky Mountain
3Win Win$1,276,19611%384158$3,323$5,033,5675Fox Searchlight
4Jane Eyre (2011)$993,232-14%27427$3,625$6,605,0356Focus
5Rango$715,526-69%976-1031$733$118,775,7317Paramount
6Born to Be Wild 3D$624,468-28%2071$3,017$1,847,7262Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sucker Punch$606,242-71%555-1200$1,092$35,292,2864Warner Bros.
8Battle: Los Angeles$507,452-67%554-854$916$82,193,2666Sony / Columbia
9Paul$485,080-72%536-1131$905$36,104,5005Universal
10Gnomeo and Juliet$407,89993%35571$1,149$97,767,31610Disney
11The Adjustment Bureau$356,615-59%348-435$1,025$60,735,1457Universal
12Just Go With It$270,6022%3266$830$102,271,33110Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$254,196-49%315-360$807$137,993,20721Weinstein Company
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$245,653-58%189-37$1,300$988,1302Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Hall Pass$234,838-12%333-33$705$44,630,7188Warner Bros. / New Line
16Unknown (2011)$170,928-38%275-90$622$63,379,8859Warner Bros.
17Red Riding Hood$126,735-75%248-529$511$36,942,4326Warner Bros.
18True Grit (2010)$104,950-50%177-86$593$170,938,57517Paramount
19Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$86,061-44%128-56$672$37,615,1519Fox
20Tangled$85,574-61%184-55$465$199,584,48421Disney
21Beastly$70,222-74%110-229$638$27,473,3357CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Potiche$156,87413%6813$2,307$636,9804Music Box Films
2Of Gods and Men$152,437-16%982$1,555$2,996,0728Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$109,12914%33-8$3,307$24,187,79657Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Thank You$85,872-65%71-21$1,209$392,1942UTV Communications
5Bill Cunningham New York$78,463-10%213$3,736$549,3235Zeitgeist Films
6Certified Copy$77,039-30%56-1$1,376$983,7626IFC Films
7The Salvation Poem$73,4281068%2111$3,497$801,02427CanZion Films
8In a Better World$72,12761%3018$2,404$182,9043Sony Pictures Classics
9I Am Number Four$66,052-33%80-65$826$54,152,7099Disney / DreamWorks
10Kill the Irishman$62,540-27%39-13$1,604$939,9196Anchor Bay Films
11The Green Hornet$54,246-47%95-66$571$98,780,04214Sony / Columbia
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$47,150-18%11-2$4,286$2,211,846493D Entertainment
13Mars Needs Moms$41,154-65%99-127$416$20,781,9776Disney
14Under the Sea 3D$40,29341%14-5$2,878$28,084,100114Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Cedar Rapids$38,655-60%47-71$822$6,732,13610Fox Searchlight
16Super$38,45633%2611$1,479$145,6853IFC Films
17Miral$33,956-38%26-3$1,306$304,9374Weinstein Company
18Barney's Version$30,271-30%50-17$605$7,400,65914Sony Pictures Classics
19The Double Hour$30,246--2--$15,123$30,2461IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20Winter in Wartime$26,934-30%21-3$1,283$174,9885Sony Pictures Classics
21Drive Angry$25,179-58%71-55$355$10,706,7868Summit
22The Princess of Montpensier$23,456--3--$7,819$23,4561IFC Films
23Biutiful$22,586-40%32-6$706$5,012,58316Roadside Attractions
24I Am (2011)$20,966-45%13-5$1,613$401,4069Paladin
25Black Swan$19,584-62%49-54$400$106,928,99820Fox Searchlight
26Henry's Crime$18,494112%75$2,642$29,8002Moving Pictures Film & Television
27Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$17,571-49%35-34$502$72,772,10610Paramount
28The Company Men$15,273-31%20-12$764$4,384,06513Weinstein Company
29The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$15,06810%54$3,014$64,1033Lorber Films
30Meek's Cutoff$14,092-30%20$7,046$44,1622Oscilloscope
31My Perestroika$13,9988%53$2,800$90,7784International Film Circuit
32Queen to Play$13,353-44%93$1,484$90,1073Zeitgeist Films
33The Last Lions$12,22883%6143$200$607,8029National Geographic
34American: The Bill Hicks Story$12,056105%54$2,411$21,5812Variance Films
35Poetry$10,471-18%13-2$805$275,67010Kino International
36Blank City$9,184-34%10$9,184$41,3512Insurgent Releasing
37The Grace Card$8,416-56%18-21$468$2,428,2418IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Rubber$8,2569%83$1,032$45,9043Magnolia / Magnet
39Deep Sea 3D$7,39514%20$3,698$44,174,391268Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$7,272--9--$808$501,4649Vitagraph
41The Music Never Stopped$6,293-16%13-1$484$227,9105Roadside Attractions
42Take Me Home Tonight$6,193-83%42-60$147$6,923,8917Relativity Media
43The Illusionist (2010)$6,052-58%16-16$378$2,206,46217Sony Pictures Classics
44Another Year$5,806-37%13-3$447$3,191,23716Sony Pictures Classics
45Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$5,38192%3-1$1,794$138,2307Strand Releasing
46Trust (2011)$5,231-74%8-12$654$117,6233Millennium Entertainment
47Cold Weather$5,13314%102$513$141,35811IFC Films
48Blue Valentine (2010)$4,955-43%15-4$330$9,701,55916Weinstein Company
49Meet Monica Velour$4,440-40%42$1,110$14,6092Anchor Bay Films
50I Saw the Devil$4,277213%73$611$124,7787Magnolia / Magnet
51Circo$4,0705%21$2,035$18,9283First Run Features
52Armadillo$3,958--1--$3,958$3,9581Lorber Films
53Carancho$3,800850%43$950$66,13110Strand Releasing
54happythankyoumoreplease$2,965-58%4-5$741$212,0177Anchor Bay Films
55The Imperialists Are Still Alive!$2,832--1--$2,832$2,8321IFC Films
56Ceremony$2,801-60%30$934$11,6262Magnolia Pictures
57Heartbeats$2,784-11%6-3$464$62,9858IFC Films
58A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$2,421--1--$2,421$3,1151Film Movement
59Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,347-38%5-2$469$227,80315First Run Features
60Inside Job$2,177-45%4-11$544$4,306,23728Sony Pictures Classics
61Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,064-66%1-4$2,064$101,60131Collective Eye
62The Human Resources Manager$2,044--3--$681$52,3847Film Movement
63The Last Godfather$1,284-94%1-19$1,284$163,5913Roadside Attractions
64Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,214-62%2-1$607$202,25212Variance Films
65Dumbstruck$981--1--$981$9811Truly Indie
66Putty Hill$904-20%1-1$904$43,4679Cinema Guild
67Desert Flower$767-61%2-1$384$43,5845National Geographic
68Orgasm Inc.$500--1--$500$44,91610First Run Features
69The Strange Case of Angelica$489-8%1-1$489$43,88916Cinema Guild
70Korkoro$210-44%10$210$3,5044Lorber Films
71The Woodmans$202--1--$202$36,03613Lorber Films
72Bhutto$18313%10$183$99,23120First Run Features
73Winter's Bone$174-33%20$87$6,531,49145Roadside Attractions
74Marwencol$6255%10$62$111,60128Cinema Guild