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, Jun. 10 - Sun, Jun. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$35,451,168--3,379--$10,492$36,451,1681Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$24,128,986-56%3,69251$6,535$98,023,3352Fox
3The Hangover Part II$17,667,329-44%3,67560$4,807$215,727,4613Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$16,543,166-31%3,929-23$4,211$126,813,2403Paramount / DreamWorks
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,945,764-39%3,433-533$3,188$208,873,2584Disney
6Bridesmaids$10,066,290-16%2,9223$3,445$123,815,8655Universal
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$6,076,859--2,524--$2,408$6,076,8591Relativity Media
8Thor$2,435,215-43%1,782-998$1,367$173,664,7236Paramount
9Fast Five$1,727,330-45%1,329-908$1,300$205,094,2057Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$5,830,723110%944797$6,177$13,909,1964Sony Pictures Classics
2Rio (2011)$670,101-9%527-164$1,272$137,780,8299Fox
3Water for Elephants$478,835-31%466-106$1,028$56,599,7948Fox
4Something Borrowed$464,296-45%366-322$1,269$37,626,4096Warner Bros.
5Jumping the Broom$458,349-46%365-224$1,256$36,695,0046Sony / TriStar
6Soul Surfer$295,37145%31772$932$42,181,38010Sony / TriStar
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$261,390-25%1231$2,125$3,727,3697IFC Films
8Rango$176,672-26%220-34$803$122,474,57915Paramount
9Source Code$173,626-26%248-40$700$54,162,13211Summit
10Insidious$136,696-24%134-26$1,020$53,235,90111FilmDistrict
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$120,099293%182102$660$9,664,2917Weinstein Company
12Priest (2011)$115,668-69%169-414$684$29,028,3765Sony / Screen Gems
13Limitless$109,347-27%166-66$659$78,935,46713Relativity Media
14HOP$106,385-37%190-55$560$108,012,17011Universal
15Hanna$98,902-34%147-50$673$39,997,22310Focus
16The Lincoln Lawyer$84,670-25%101-32$838$57,133,68613Lionsgate
17Win Win$76,654-39%100-41$767$10,002,48713Fox Searchlight
18Prom$75,613132%141102$536$10,019,5947Disney
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$75,462-48%112-84$674$52,764,4898Lionsgate
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$74,731-29%117-65$639$52,459,14412Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$827,00931%4727$17,596$2,361,6553Fox Searchlight
2Beginners$243,05972%1914$12,793$453,3292Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$205,42013%470$4,371$6,768,94810Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Ready$190,097-59%970$1,960$781,8552Eros International
5Incendies$132,144-25%85-5$1,555$1,388,4188Sony Pictures Classics
6Hubble 3D$93,65915%380$2,465$25,983,88965Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Double Hour$88,120-27%53-15$1,663$1,082,5549IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8The Trip (2011)$77,904--6--$12,984$77,9041IFC Films
9Everything Must Go$66,215-55%87-20$761$2,535,1335Roadside Attractions
10Jane Eyre (2011)$63,016-37%90-38$700$11,007,28114Focus
11Submarine$55,84834%1713$3,285$117,7672Weinstein Company
12Bride Flight$54,044--19--$2,844$54,0441Music Box Films
13The Conspirator$44,376-49%66-44$672$11,414,7189Roadside Attractions
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$42,816-34%110$3,892$3,001,697573D Entertainment
15Meek's Cutoff$42,121-39%41-4$1,027$794,07510Oscilloscope
16Under the Sea 3D$40,64917%190$2,139$28,734,775122Warner Bros. / IMAX
1713 Assassins$38,426-32%26-3$1,478$608,6487Magnolia / Magnet
18Scream 4$37,465-52%80-121$468$38,127,3399Weinstein Company
19In a Better World$27,91229%331$846$830,48111Sony Pictures Classics
20Bill Cunningham New York$27,529-27%19-3$1,449$1,256,21313Zeitgeist Films
21The First Grader$26,052-39%30-6$868$270,1715National Geographic
22Gnomeo and Juliet$22,553-55%43-42$524$99,776,51018Disney
23Mars Needs Moms$22,480-59%53-47$424$21,345,45414Disney
24I Am (2011)$20,860-46%36-6$579$1,495,84417Paladin
25African Cats$16,725-44%39-33$429$14,912,4328Disneynature
26Of Gods and Men$16,192-12%26-3$623$3,921,81516Sony Pictures Classics
27The Beaver$15,633-68%46-22$340$914,1256Summit
28The Salvation Poem$13,8021994%3534$394$883,71235CanZion Films
29L'Amour fou$13,460-46%160$841$260,7255IFC Films
30Potiche$12,422-65%16-17$776$1,574,60612Music Box Films
31Hobo with a Shotgun$11,583-10%151$772$643,6556Magnolia / Magnet
32The Last Mountain$11,515-34%31$3,838$33,7232Dada Films
33Viva Riva!$10,314--3--$3,438$10,3141Music Box Films
34The Princess of Montpensier$9,546-48%11-9$868$325,1989IFC Films
35Winter in Wartime$8,765-49%16-5$548$483,79413Sony Pictures Classics
36Rejoice and Shout$8,53630%65$1,423$18,6352Magnolia Pictures
37City of Life and Death$7,76998%31$2,590$34,2295Kino International
38The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$6,939181%42$1,735$122,79911Lorber Films
39Queen to Play$6,856-59%6-4$1,143$318,45611Zeitgeist Films
4035 and Ticking$6,663105%1-3$6,663$67,3934Image Entertainment
41Beautiful Boy$5,603-65%40$1,401$29,8272Anchor Bay Films
42Trollhunter$5,585--1--$5,585$5,5851Magnolia / Magnet
43Rubber$5,450172%40$1,363$98,01711Magnolia / Magnet
44My Perestroika$5,358-24%9-3$595$213,55112International Film Circuit
45Deep Sea 3D$5,3396%31$1,780$44,296,455276Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Summer (2011 re-issue)$4,957--1--$4,957$5,3491The Film Desk
47Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$4,680-16%40$1,170$183,69239Collective Eye
48Film Socialisme$4,5911%32$1,530$14,2572Lorber Films
49Blank City$4,144-1%31$1,381$99,30310Insurgent Releasing
50Barney's Version$4,13644%5-1$827$7,497,87122Sony Pictures Classics
51The Robber$3,861--3--$1,287$65,2357Kino International
52Certified Copy$3,807-67%5-7$761$1,337,38414IFC Films
53Hesher$3,689-57%3-3$1,230$358,1355Wrekin Hill Entertainment
54Small Town Murder Songs$3,66931%6-1$612$9,8893Monterey Media
55Kill the Irishman$3,424-34%5-3$685$1,182,32214Anchor Bay Films
56Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$3,33677%40$834$20,0935First Run Features
57The King's Speech$3,136-52%15-1$209$138,795,34229Weinstein Company
58Nostalgia for the Light$2,93653%21$1,468$117,60013Icarus Films
59How To Live Forever$2,765-29%20$1,383$26,9585Variance Films
60Road to Nowhere$2,521--3--$840$4,9841Monterey Media
61American: The Bill Hicks Story$2,217-12%20$1,109$90,27510Variance Films
62The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$2,1853211%32$728$13,8035Argot Pictures
63The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,340-84%10-29$134$611,3408Sony Pictures Classics
64WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,277-78%20$639$19,8532Zeitgeist Films
65Making The Boys$1,154--1--$1,154$29,71314First Run Features
66Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,109--1--$1,109$60,56352The Film Desk
67Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,082-29%10$1,082$48,3988Variance Films
68Poetry$8855%10$885$347,19518Kino International
69Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$838-57%1-4$838$172,64515Strand Releasing
70Into Eternity$804-35%2-1$402$49,08719International Film Circuit
71Tuesday, After Christmas$754-82%21$377$20,6663Lorber Films
72The Music Never Stopped$533-66%2-3$267$248,47013Roadside Attractions
73A Beautiful Life$465--1--$465$66,0604China Lion Film
74The Strange Case of Angelica$383--1--$383$48,78224Cinema Guild
75Circo$302-83%20$151$64,33711First Run Features