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, May. 20 - Sun, May. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$90,151,958--4,155--$21,697$90,151,9581Disney
2Bridesmaids$20,882,070-20%2,93719$7,110$59,341,3192Universal
3Thor$15,455,304-55%3,924-39$3,939$145,361,4593Paramount
4Fast Five$10,576,865-48%3,622-171$2,920$186,165,4504Universal
5Priest (2011)$4,750,041-68%2,8640$1,659$23,833,1692Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$4,687,714-43%2,593-336$1,808$131,684,3656Fox
7Jumping the Broom$3,703,010-48%1,472-563$2,516$31,320,5623Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$3,516,387-49%2,606-298$1,349$31,519,4523Warner Bros.
9Water for Elephants$2,179,046-48%1,894-531$1,150$52,456,6205Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$956,589-57%912-537$1,049$51,723,5795Lionsgate
2Soul Surfer$930,008-49%984-484$945$40,610,6787Sony / TriStar
3Tangled$910,50214236%191182$4,767$200,627,30126Disney
4Everything Must Go$529,037-33%24527$2,159$1,628,6572Roadside Attractions
5Prom$504,155-46%374-827$1,348$9,678,8814Disney
6Insidious$474,247-51%501-261$947$52,432,6258FilmDistrict
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$415,310-12%10624$3,918$1,973,2394IFC Films
8Source Code$412,336-51%377-249$1,094$52,956,1708Summit
9Rango$395,08553%30286$1,308$121,211,94812Paramount
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$371,335-68%642-634$578$9,199,0214Weinstein Company
11Limitless$341,468-5%35759$956$78,069,21210Relativity Media
12Hanna$304,313-38%279-146$1,091$39,167,1837Focus
13Win Win$276,082-32%202-46$1,367$9,350,90210Fox Searchlight
14African Cats$260,855-61%378-253$690$14,577,3055Disneynature
15HOP$256,670-36%354-105$725$107,191,6758Universal
16The Lincoln Lawyer$253,464-36%258-87$982$56,508,43010Lionsgate
17The Conspirator$243,247-48%269-101$904$10,909,5336Roadside Attractions
18Jane Eyre (2011)$215,031-36%208-40$1,034$10,370,86011Focus
19The Beaver$188,08117%16863$1,120$579,7243Summit
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$185,261-36%253-58$732$51,887,6959Fox
21Arthur (2011)$131,220-45%237-107$554$32,800,8407Warner Bros.
22Gnomeo and Juliet$124,871-31%158-36$790$99,475,61715Disney
23The Adjustment Bureau$109,050-35%116-48$940$62,453,31512Universal
24Mars Needs Moms$105,872863%154127$687$21,034,32911Disney
25Battle: Los Angeles$100,808-46%170-55$593$83,441,91111Sony / Columbia
26Scream 4$91,261-67%205-221$445$37,717,6596Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$599,003--6--$99,834$599,0031Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$243,664-25%50-7$4,873$5,348,0857Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Incendies$186,83438%5926$3,167$619,5085Sony Pictures Classics
4I Am Number Four$177,120203%96-6$1,845$55,011,80514Disney / DreamWorks
5The Double Hour$117,80110%3610$3,272$532,8466IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Hubble 3D$89,834-3%380$2,364$25,034,37662Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Meek's Cutoff$84,416-13%399$2,165$468,8767Oscilloscope
8I Am (2011)$83,175-24%747$1,124$1,249,76914Paladin
913 Assassins$72,26737%258$2,891$301,8504Magnolia / Magnet
10Hesher$61,786-51%24-18$2,574$253,6602Wrekin Hill Entertainment
11Of Gods and Men$51,825-36%60-8$864$3,779,67013Sony Pictures Classics
12Bill Cunningham New York$49,5404%251$1,982$1,056,46310Zeitgeist Films
13Potiche$44,215-45%46-13$961$1,409,4629Music Box Films
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$41,563-21%110$3,778$2,746,094543D Entertainment
15The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$41,387-16%8124$511$478,6705Sony Pictures Classics
16L'Amour fou$40,98110%119$3,726$100,2322IFC Films
17The First Grader$38,08086%1714$2,240$66,9842National Geographic
18In a Better World$34,676-47%34-17$1,020$688,2468Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$34,613-7%204$1,731$28,489,525119Warner Bros. / IMAX
2035 and Ticking$29,775--6--$4,963$29,7751Image Entertainment
21Sucker Punch$26,404-65%45-94$587$36,381,7169Warner Bros.
22A Beautiful Life$23,605--23--$1,026$23,6051China Lion Film
23There Be Dragons$22,108-84%29-151$762$1,049,8733IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24Red Riding Hood$21,655-63%50-50$433$37,652,56511Warner Bros.
25The Princess of Montpensier$21,115-11%14-5$1,508$245,8466IFC Films
26Hobo with a Shotgun$19,759195%85$2,470$564,2983Magnolia / Magnet
27The King's Speech$19,634-53%40-31$491$138,752,49026Weinstein Company
28Winter in Wartime$19,576-39%18-8$1,088$399,68210Sony Pictures Classics
29Queen to Play$18,726-40%11-7$1,702$238,4658Zeitgeist Films
30Space Station 3D$16,764--2--$8,382$83,569,295475IMAX
31Certified Copy$16,405-34%24-11$684$1,289,17611IFC Films
32Go For It!$14,435-88%64-154$226$172,6872Lionsgate / Pantelion
33Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$14,271-38%24-14$595$37,911,87614Fox
34My Perestroika$14,08426%197$741$178,2029International Film Circuit
35Kill the Irishman$11,731-23%12-1$978$1,152,79811Anchor Bay Films
36Last Night (2010)$10,320-49%4-2$2,580$87,8733Miramax / Tribeca
37Bloodworth$9,612--10--$961$9,6121IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Deep Sea 3D$9,20328%42$2,301$44,261,695273Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Poetry$8,46025%83$1,058$334,21015Kino International
40Cedar Rapids$7,781-31%11-1$707$6,857,50315Fox Searchlight
41How To Live Forever$7,720108%21$3,860$12,5772Variance Films
42Skateland$7,16236%119$651$14,9442Freestyle Releasing
43Battle of the Brides$6,299-63%60$1,050$61,0283Variance Films
44Lebanon, PA$5,333-43%60$889$38,9814Truly Indie
45The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$4,89695%54$979$8,0822Argot Pictures
46Dum Maaro Dum$4,744-58%11-9$431$559,4875Fox Searchlight
47City of Life and Death$4,499-20%10$4,499$16,2082Kino International
48The Robber$4,26534%21$2,133$48,0674Kino International
49Biutiful$4,065-51%7-4$581$5,094,44421Roadside Attractions
50Blank City$3,77424%30$1,258$81,9077Insurgent Releasing
51Barney's Version$3,77335%5-2$755$7,476,03319Sony Pictures Classics
52Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$3,57087%41$893$40,1945Variance Films
53Super$3,523-29%11-4$320$322,1578IFC Films
54The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$3,344-35%30$1,115$107,5708Lorber Films
55The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,108-40%2-1$1,554$873,59442National Geographic
56The Music Never Stopped$2,73069%50$546$242,91810Roadside Attractions
57Meet Monica Velour$2,46361%21$1,232$31,6497Anchor Bay Films
58The Tenant (2011)$2,408-67%2-1$1,204$13,6982Indican Pictures
59Henry's Crime$2,350-23%20$1,175$98,4017Moving Pictures Film & Television
60Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$2,224875%20$1,112$161,44912Strand Releasing
61Rubber$2,030-43%6-2$338$82,7888Magnolia / Magnet
62Into Eternity$1,96888%41$492$37,46416International Film Circuit
63Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,968-2%21$984$5,2452Strand Releasing
64Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,879-66%30$626$11,1842First Run Features
65The Salvation Poem$1,484-52%2-2$742$867,26032CanZion Films
66The Little Traitor$1,465--1--$1,465$396,58776Westchester Films
67American: The Bill Hicks Story$1,178-35%1-2$1,178$80,7677Variance Films
68Kings of Pastry$1,020--1--$1,020$330,42536First Run
69Circo$1,020-67%1-1$1,020$53,4888First Run Features
70Putty Hill$705--1--$705$47,63214Cinema Guild
71Dumbstruck$647-75%10$647$10,4206Truly Indie
72Another Year$518-73%1-5$518$3,205,24421Sony Pictures Classics
73Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$480-26%1-1$480$244,44820First Run Features
74Carancho$350--2--$175$84,33915Strand Releasing
75Marwencol$199--1--$199$112,03633Cinema Guild
76Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$177--1--$177$45,10019Kino International