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, Dec. 30 - Sun, Jan. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,421,8790%3,4557$8,516$132,406,0863Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$20,881,4203%3,7030$5,639$130,903,7463Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$16,369,79930%3,724-10$4,396$92,729,1343Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$14,824,57716%2,9140$5,087$55,584,8812Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$14,422,72992%2,547171$5,663$40,451,7722Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$13,238,24141%3,16346$4,185$40,725,5582Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$11,436,16018%3,0870$3,705$47,475,1472Paramount
8New Year's Eve$6,334,30091%2,225-360$2,847$45,999,3504Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$4,163,24139%2,3273$1,789$13,137,9632Summit
10The Muppets$2,662,19124%1,541-211$1,728$82,529,4526Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,060,94241%1,411-192$1,461$275,530,7387Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$1,673,796-4%1,348-438$1,242$26,317,8574Fox
13Arthur Christmas$683,168-67%1,343-461$509$45,820,2356Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$3,396,12964%758-55$4,480$39,420,7757Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$2,461,61015%951-285$2,588$49,454,2026Paramount
3Young Adult$2,092,63320%9870$2,120$12,061,7714Paramount
4The Artist$1,310,77048%1670$7,849$5,044,3446Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$925,34965%63028$1,469$8,935,7216Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$752,23383%3890$1,934$145,483,66110Paramount / DreamWorks
7Don 2$531,620-68%1676$3,183$3,174,4262Reliance Big Entertainment
8Happy Feet Two$397,00381%525-10$756$60,808,1687Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$253,00584%253-30$1,000$76,733,9159Universal
10J. Edgar$245,62473%4550$540$36,572,6058Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$240,39976%2270$1,059$84,493,24113Disney / DreamWorks
12Moneyball$205,19379%2508$821$74,961,64215Sony / Columbia
13Jack and Jill$188,9382%222-163$851$71,697,6488Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$152,53168%181-11$843$34,035,92014Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$152,126100%1880$809$71,963,79215Warner Bros.
16Immortals$125,3704%2280$550$82,656,9998Relativity Media
17A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$98,513-12%2450$402$34,895,0369Warner Bros. / New Line
18In Time$89,670100%123-8$729$37,046,29510Fox
19Footloose (2011)$88,848108%1820$488$51,581,66412Paramount
20The Ides of March$83,71190%143-2$585$40,825,61213Sony / Columbia
21Paranormal Activity 3$53,54478%1240$432$103,993,23911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,085,44451%572$19,043$3,955,7624Focus
2A Dangerous Method$299,74152%613$4,914$1,577,7576Sony Pictures Classics
3The Iron Lady$220,409--4--$55,102$220,4091Weinstein Company
4Shame$200,29162%555$3,642$1,965,8745Fox Searchlight
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$110,77553%60$18,463$313,0492Warner Bros.
6Carnage (2011)$93,16160%125$7,763$348,6053Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$89,351178%490$1,823$15,147,62939Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$84,150149%150$5,610$30,470,81694Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Pina$71,6235%30$23,874$228,9922IFC Films
10Melancholia$63,08853%63-3$1,001$2,517,5068Magnolia Pictures
11A Separation$59,481--3--$19,827$59,4811Sony Pictures Classics
12The Way$56,830108%4720$1,209$4,170,05813Producers Distribution Agency
13Pariah (2011)$48,579--4--$12,145$84,9861Focus
14The Help$37,98090%650$584$169,499,54621Disney / DreamWorks
15Under the Sea 3D$27,998222%6-4$4,666$30,311,995151Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$26,505-55%16-4$1,657$708,2366Warner Bros.
17Drive (2011)$24,518106%25-1$981$34,833,04716FilmDistrict
18Margin Call$23,64513%29-1$815$5,246,36611Roadside Attractions
19The Skin I Live In$22,21049%28-6$793$3,042,10812Sony Pictures Classics
20Midnight in Paris$17,66554%23-5$768$56,377,73233Sony Pictures Classics
21The Women on the 6th Floor$12,001104%71$1,714$461,68913Strand Releasing
22Like Crazy$9,531-13%300$318$3,367,99810Paramount Vantage
23In the Land of Blood and Honey$9,479-50%2-1$4,740$49,1422FilmDistrict
24Take Shelter$9,02274%20-4$451$1,671,20214Sony Pictures Classics
25Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,59141%14-4$614$2,909,21611Fox Searchlight
26Mozart's Sister$7,299479%96$811$684,49620Music Box Films
27Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$5,126-37%7-6$732$242,06511Submarine Deluxe
28The Lion King 3D$4,48874%7-3$641$94,233,35116Disney
29My Reincarnation$3,035-51%3-2$1,012$54,77710Long Shot Factory
30Garbo: The Spy$2,711--2--$1,356$19,8497First Run Features
31The Guard$2,57186%4-2$643$5,336,14423Sony Pictures Classics
32Eames: The Architect and the Painter$2,38661%50$477$136,6117First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$1,894451%53$379$101,2379Music Box Films
34The Man Nobody Knew$1,787--2--$894$168,93615First Run Features
35Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,716-31%3-2$572$845,18826International Film Circuit
36The Whale$1,615457%32$538$61,12017Paladin
37Higher Ground$1,560243%4-1$390$841,05619Sony Pictures Classics
38Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$1,489-22%30$496$5,9472Music Box Films
39Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,427154%20$714$85,5038Variance Films
40Rid of Me$1,21446%10$1,214$9,2297Submarine Entertainment
41Blackthorn$1,122-23%4-1$281$187,50113Magnolia Pictures
42Outrage$923-16%10$923$30,4405Magnolia / Magnet
43OKA!$684584%10$684$14,08312Dada Films
44Paul Goodman Changed My Life$566--1--$566$25,02011Zeitgeist Films
45Jane's Journey$54638%1-1$546$22,64716First Run Features
46Inni$495200%21$248$117,54810Cinema Purgatorio
47Amigo$415--2--$208$180,58220Variance Films
48Angels Crest$407--1--$407$4071Magnolia Pictures