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. 25 - Sun, May. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$54,592,779--4,248--$12,851$54,592,7791Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$36,686,871-34%3,918-331$9,364$523,907,2024Disney
3Battleship$11,050,470-57%3,70212$2,985$44,555,8152Universal
4The Dictator$9,276,560-47%3,0146$3,078$41,124,6642Paramount
5Chernobyl Diaries$7,955,307--2,433--$3,270$7,955,3071Warner Bros.
6Dark Shadows$7,504,387-40%3,404-351$2,205$62,987,2833Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$7,127,919-32%3,0210$2,359$22,149,1672Lionsgate
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$6,383,20398%1,233879$5,177$16,586,6994Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$2,311,406-22%1,421-643$1,627$395,320,19110Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,465,265-45%786-936$1,864$88,337,2066Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,082,288-31%884-956$1,224$27,286,5925Sony / Columbia
3Bernie$870,15477%19499$4,485$2,221,9605Millennium Entertainment
421 Jump Street$660,79593%364103$1,815$136,503,52211Sony / Columbia
5The Lucky One (2012)$566,829-68%615-1390$922$58,279,6626Warner Bros.
6Mirror Mirror$482,50219%42215$1,143$62,200,7599Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$475,7854%39011$1,220$210,839,55513Universal
8The Three Stooges$322,573-26%325-269$993$42,303,9277Fox
9Chimpanzee$314,802-53%368-527$855$27,688,4486Disneynature
10The Five-Year Engagement$294,555-73%274-901$1,075$27,949,8405Universal
11John Carter$247,940-33%17561$1,417$72,473,55912Disney
12Wrath of the Titans$232,380-51%255-105$911$82,927,7569Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$177,118-15%175-70$1,012$103,110,61116Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Cabin in the Woods$174,424-54%203-245$859$40,933,1457Lionsgate
15Girl in Progress$127,490-72%143-179$892$2,405,7633Lionsgate / Pantelion
16American Reunion$114,650-57%165-125$695$56,706,7558Universal
17Safe (2012)$62,175-79%112-391$555$16,799,1285Lionsgate
18The Raven$60,013-75%111-321$541$15,735,5035Relativity Media
19Bully (2012)$42,552-53%104-100$409$3,297,0259Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$522,996--4--$130,749$522,9961Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$225,5754%501$4,512$2,310,3466Warner Bros. / IMAX
3First Position$149,88161%5615$2,676$493,3384IFC Films
4Hysteria$138,251288%3227$4,320$194,0572Sony Pictures Classics
5Crooked Arrows$137,389-46%6712$2,051$456,8442Branded/Peck Films
6Headhunters$124,76839%456$2,773$570,5925Magnolia Pictures
7Monsieur Lazhar$113,52324%65-2$1,747$1,450,12931Music Box Films
8The Intouchables$103,507--4--$25,877$103,5071Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$85,143-10%87-47$979$8,865,97812CBS Films
10Marley$70,341-4%53-2$1,327$1,162,9296Magnolia Pictures
11Born to Be Wild 3D$65,1818%340$1,917$19,069,21760Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Darling Companion$64,66410%611$1,060$518,4996Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$63,07226%18-2$3,504$32,819,256115Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Where Do We Go Now?$58,261147%2513$2,330$121,5283Sony Pictures Classics
15Cowgirls n' Angels$54,675--50--$1,094$54,6751IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
16Deadtime (2012)$47,32072%13-3$3,640$156,0723Nocturnal Features
17Polisse$46,072178%1411$3,291$74,4412IFC Films
18Jiro Dreams of Sushi$44,10421%35-6$1,260$2,269,17212Magnolia Pictures
19Sound of My Voice$37,41121%425$891$310,3815Fox Searchlight
20Titanic 3D$33,431-34%42-28$796$57,801,0228Paramount
21Under the Sea 3D$31,654-1%202$1,583$31,519,651172Warner Bros. / IMAX
22A Thousand Words$30,963-46%59-51$525$18,429,08112Paramount
23We Have a Pope$28,63128%222$1,301$426,4958IFC Films
24This Means War$26,977-54%44-46$613$54,719,74715Fox
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$22,22631%10-2$2,223$5,562,2071073D Entertainment
26Footnote$19,860-38%31-21$641$1,888,71712Sony Pictures Classics
27The Secret World of Arrietty$18,214-39%26-34$701$19,172,86915Disney
28The Kid With A Bike$16,543-25%20-14$827$1,347,76611IFC Films
29Elena (2012)$14,73063%21$7,365$33,8852Zeitgeist Films
30Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$14,730-22%30$4,910$66,7953Rialto Pictures
31Damsels in Distress$11,918-43%11-27$1,083$824,6188Sony Pictures Classics
32The Artist$11,619-57%20-83$581$44,575,36927Weinstein Company
33God Bless America$10,970-19%150$731$77,0653Magnolia / Magnet
34I Wish$10,610284%52$2,122$32,1203Magnolia Pictures
35The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$10,606-50%19-20$558$1,059,03410Music Box Films
36Chronicle$10,017-50%20-19$501$64,561,79617Fox
37Elles$9,65023%82$1,206$118,7505Kino Lorber
38Oslo, August 31st$9,564--2--$4,782$9,5641Strand Releasing
39FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$8,856-61%9-10$984$63,7754International Film Circuit
40A Separation$8,84113%10-7$884$7,078,65522Sony Pictures Classics
41Act of Valor$8,221-84%39-57$211$70,002,49814Relativity Media
42The Raid: Redemption$7,754-25%12-3$646$4,080,43110Sony Pictures Classics
43Friends With Kids$6,218-43%9-16$691$7,238,97712Roadside Attractions
44The Perfect Family$6,114-45%6-6$1,019$90,0614Variance Films
45Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,049-42%22-18$275$133,095,13724Fox
46OC87$5,733--1--$5,733$5,7331Fisher Klingenstein Films
47Deep Sea 3D$5,71458%10$5,714$44,626,354326Warner Bros. / IMAX
48October Baby$5,505-53%16-20$344$5,334,23531IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
49The Salt of Life$5,287331%42$1,322$301,73413Zeitgeist Films
50Undefeated$3,951-4%6-3$659$555,16515Weinstein Company
51Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,73695%20$1,868$71,5289New Yorker Films
52Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,674--2--$1,837$128,89721Cinema Guild
53Whores' Glory$3,250--2--$1,625$14,7805Kino Lorber
54Goon$2,916261%51$583$4,167,8279Magnolia / Magnet
55Beyond the Black Rainbow$2,877-42%20$1,439$11,7292Magnolia / Magnet
56Hit So Hard$2,478188%30$826$28,4197Variance Films
57Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$2,33339%31$778$5,2972Music Box Films
58Bonsai$2,274-14%20$1,137$9,5883Strand Releasing
59Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$2,230--1--$2,230$2,2301Music Box Films
60Gerhard Richter Painting$1,977-40%30$659$184,07411Kino Lorber
61Surviving Progress$1,966-13%20$983$35,2168First Run Features
62Tonight You're Mine$1,934--3--$645$5,0863Roadside Attractions
63Keyhole$1,83491%51$367$18,6408Monterey Media
64Coriolanus$1,724-66%4-4$431$756,02619Weinstein Company
65The Women on the 6th Floor$1,612--2--$806$711,28334Strand Releasing
66Red Tails$1,55949%74$223$49,871,44019Fox
67Virginia$1,516-78%2-3$758$11,0692Entertainment One Films
68Lovely Molly$1,423-89%2-3$712$17,9772Image Entertainment
69Jesus Henry Christ$1,257159%21$629$18,3906Entertainment One Films
70Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$1,169--1--$1,169$5,0993Long Shot Factory
71The Hunter (2012)$1,076-30%30$359$170,5448Magnolia Pictures
72The Turin Horse$938--1--$938$47,93816Cinema Guild
73Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$913-57%7-4$130$97,2973Magnolia Pictures
74The Color Wheel$812-79%1-1$812$6,7022Cinema Conservancy
75Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$772-60%10$772$4,1522First Run Features
76Blue Like Jazz$493-73%3-4$164$594,4677Roadside Attractions
77Nobody Else But You$387-37%10$387$7,0563First Run Features
78Payback (2012)$363-60%1-2$363$12,1615Zeitgeist Films
79Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$250-15%10$250$43,456,38216Fox
80The Fairy$156-69%1-1$156$24,04114Kino Lorber