'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, Feb. 10 - Sun, Feb. 12

Wide (1000+)

1The Vow$41,202,458--2,958--$13,929$41,202,4581Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$40,172,720--3,119--$12,880$40,172,7201Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$27,335,363--3,470--$7,878$27,335,3631Warner Bros. / New Line
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$22,469,932--2,655--$8,463$22,469,9321Fox
6The Woman in Black$10,102,658-52%2,8561$3,537$35,258,1452CBS Films
7The Grey$5,045,620-46%2,801-406$1,801$42,787,8843Open Road
8Big Miracle$3,946,050-49%2,1334$1,850$13,281,9852Universal
9The Descendants$3,441,676-24%1,581-457$2,177$70,671,28913Fox Searchlight
10Underworld Awakening$2,480,156-55%1,657-979$1,497$58,914,5254Sony / Screen Gems
11Red Tails$2,417,386-49%1,580-767$1,530$45,080,7724Fox
12One For the Money$2,300,953-56%2,056-681$1,119$23,679,6583Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,473,011-61%1,375-1130$1,071$29,406,9008Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$1,301,222-70%1,423-1575$914$17,471,4323Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Artist$2,240,252-14%808-197$2,773$24,002,03812Weinstein Company
3The Iron Lady$1,155,969-39%512-509$2,258$22,797,2647Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$840,111-67%678-1041$1,239$46,463,3065Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$706,967-58%469-608$1,507$206,514,7689Paramount
6Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$637,100--111--$5,740$637,1001UTV Communications
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$547,509-18%232-70$2,360$21,995,07810Focus
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$535,037-49%502-316$1,066$129,054,8919Fox
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$493,306-52%269-399$1,834$100,814,0958Sony / Columbia
10Joyful Noise$489,616-66%686-664$714$29,890,1295Warner Bros.
11War Horse$451,793-53%502-661$900$78,200,1678Disney / DreamWorks
122012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$412,304--120--$3,436$412,3041Shorts International
13We Bought a Zoo$360,694-51%420-334$859$73,246,5998Fox
14The Adventures of Tintin$340,028-52%257-229$1,323$75,871,4868Paramount
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$328,902-68%265-592$1,241$184,573,2009Warner Bros.
16Albert Nobbs$274,819-44%151-94$1,820$2,034,3983Roadside Attractions
17The Muppets$271,985129%291122$935$87,777,65012Disney
18Puss in Boots (2011)$217,342-13%209-44$1,040$148,741,02016Paramount / DreamWorks
19My Week with Marilyn$208,012-18%125-46$1,664$13,344,06812Weinstein Company
20A Dangerous Method$205,193-36%107-128$1,918$4,948,36012Sony Pictures Classics
21Haywire$204,442-83%263-988$777$18,579,4514Relativity Media
22Happy Feet Two$185,955-29%202-53$921$63,675,13113Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$168,283-40%230-66$732$281,158,17213Lionsgate / Summit
24Jack and Jill$165,008-18%187-35$882$73,837,88614Sony / Columbia
25Agneepath$83,732-75%1320$634$1,912,8703Eros International
26New Year's Eve$62,518-43%155-67$403$54,493,44210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Separation$265,801-5%455$5,907$1,622,3987Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$257,28635%6829$3,784$1,705,4628IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$102,09811%44-1$2,320$16,157,02345Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Shame$84,637-18%52-12$1,628$3,606,89711Fox Searchlight
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$83,81628%163$5,239$496,67010Oscilloscope
6Rampart$60,446--5--$12,089$60,4461Millennium Entertainment
7W.E.$59,64627%1713$3,509$123,7932Weinstein Company
8The Sitter$56,838-22%99-27$574$30,411,95010Fox
9Hubble 3D$43,39633%19-2$2,284$30,958,977100Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Carnage (2011)$40,910-37%36-4$1,136$2,371,2259Sony Pictures Classics
11The Devil Inside$35,013-77%95-208$369$53,149,7766Paramount
12Coriolanus$31,267-30%11-3$2,842$267,9474Weinstein Company
13In Darkness$27,413--3--$9,138$49,1041Sony Pictures Classics
14Pariah (2011)$23,354-33%13-6$1,796$657,4377Focus
15Chico & Rita$20,654--1--$20,654$20,6541GKIDS
16Real Steel$19,451-55%55-35$354$85,463,30919Disney / DreamWorks
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$18,969-33%143$1,355$4,776,391923D Entertainment
18Immortals$18,764-39%33-29$569$83,488,54614Relativity Media
19Under the Sea 3D$17,595-19%12-2$1,466$30,521,582157Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Midnight in Paris$17,567-22%24-16$732$56,534,73739Sony Pictures Classics
21J. Edgar$13,703-67%42-93$326$37,293,47814Warner Bros.
22Young Adult$13,346-33%35-23$381$16,257,51210Paramount
23In Time$11,624-26%20-14$581$37,553,93216Fox
24In the Land of Blood and Honey$11,174-47%103$1,117$272,3768FilmDistrict
25The Women on the 6th Floor$11,110-20%4-2$2,778$586,68619Strand Releasing
26The Help$10,474-29%13-7$806$169,653,84627Disney / DreamWorks
27Melancholia$9,219-25%8-5$1,152$3,012,97514Magnolia Pictures
28The Turin Horse$9,145--1--$9,145$9,1451Cinema Guild
29Death of the Virgin$8,628--3--$2,876$8,6281Indican Pictures
30The Viral Factor$8,167-58%4-3$2,042$204,3744China Lion Film
31My Reincarnation$7,492--2--$3,746$80,38716Long Shot Factory
32The Way$7,377-2%7-4$1,054$4,424,33919Producers Distribution Agency
33An Inconsistent Truth$7,356-40%21$3,678$46,1613Rocky Mountain Pictures
34The Innkeepers$7,201-76%13-7$554$66,8642Magnolia / Magnet
35The Darkest Hour$6,880-65%18-21$382$21,217,4898Summit
36Return$6,717--3--$2,239$6,7171Dada Films
37Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,824--3--$1,608$858,07832International Film Circuit
38Young Goethe In Love$4,645138%52$929$142,15915Music Box Films
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$4,19287%20$2,096$56,1356Cinema Guild
40El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,713-60%2-2$1,857$230,18829Alive Mind Cinema
41The Flowers of War$3,301-38%61$550$211,5924Wrekin Hill Entertainment
42Vettai$3,268-66%2-2$1,634$198,1925UTV Communications
43Kung Fu Joe$3,158--2--$1,579$3,1581Indican Pictures
44Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$2,629--1--$2,629$96,27714Variance Films
45The Conquest$2,614-14%40$654$184,69114Music Box Films
46Paul Goodman Changed My Life$2,596--2--$1,298$34,60517Zeitgeist Films
47Deep Sea 3D$2,57017%21$1,285$44,479,265311Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Kill List$2,059-79%42$515$17,1492IFC Films
49The Skin I Live In$1,242-56%6-4$207$3,166,07118Sony Pictures Classics
50Tomboy (2011)$932120%30$311$119,96213Dada Films
51Addiction Incorporated$894-73%2-1$447$23,9709Variance Films
52Domain$862--1--$862$5,6955Strand Releasing
53The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$851-83%21$426$32,1154First Run Features
54Margin Call$743-18%20$372$5,353,58617Roadside Attractions
55Sing Your Song$66615%20$333$29,1105S2BN Films
56The Whale$548377%10$548$69,26723Paladin
57Take Shelter$522-65%4-4$131$1,723,81120Sony Pictures Classics
58Charlotte Rampling: The Look$322-84%20$161$17,58015Kino Lorber
59All's Well Ends Well 2012$319-97%1-9$319$47,5513China Lion Film
60Tyrannosaur$200-70%1-1$200$19,99813Strand Releasing
61Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$190-98%1-1$190$286,20117Submarine Deluxe
62Crazy Wisdom$102-54%10$102$53,94412Alive Mind Cinema
63Khodorkovsky$82--1--$82$30,11411Kino Lorber
64Windfall$80-96%1-1$80$2,4592First Run Features