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, Feb. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,017,085-41%3,22257$4,350$93,619,6153Universal
2Snitch (2013)$13,167,607--2,511--$5,244$13,167,6071Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$10,682,037-33%3,35365$3,186$34,812,6992Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$10,454,713-51%3,2230$3,244$47,916,3562Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$10,165,633-59%3,5552$2,860$51,967,8972Fox
6Dark Skies$8,189,166--2,313--$3,540$8,189,1661Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$5,750,866-8%2,012-190$2,858$107,176,01215Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$4,825,388-46%2,644-253$1,825$58,243,4414Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,608,333-52%2,9500$1,223$16,570,5982Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$3,357,039-46%2,070-535$1,622$25,099,5553Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$2,230,084-26%1,197-330$1,863$91,539,07510Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,684,532-52%1,425-678$1,182$52,945,0865Paramount
13Mama$1,173,900-56%1,163-485$1,009$70,230,5706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,827,165-16%802-101$2,278$129,653,50220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,605,3662%572-75$2,807$113,525,12614Fox
3Lincoln$1,481,081-9%875-132$1,693$178,603,57116Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$1,125,886-14%35623$3,163$8,844,9507Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$971,655-36%659-358$1,474$158,783,4309Weinstein Company
6Amour$716,1862%32822$2,183$5,147,24210Sony Pictures Classics
7Wreck-It Ralph$645,870-19%402-104$1,607$186,676,41117Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$634,825-26%462-214$1,374$146,696,6909Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$550,483-44%388-217$1,419$300,952,37911Warner Bros. / New Line
10Kai Po Che$522,765--110--$4,752$522,7651UTV Motion Pictures
11Bless Me, Ultima$470,109--263--$1,787$947,2291Arenas Entertainment
12Rise of The Guardians$370,176-12%305-33$1,214$102,017,12314Paramount / DreamWorks
13Parental Guidance$296,950-39%381-222$779$75,772,7339Fox
14The Impossible$289,277-40%273-149$1,060$18,052,76010Lionsgate / Summit
15The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$263,830-29%246-20$1,072$1,920,8094ShortsHD
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$212,790-26%223-31$954$292,123,22115Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$202,016-32%302-38$669$39,863,7207Open Road
18Skyfall$143,543-46%184-78$780$304,164,76016Sony / Columbia
19Gangster Squad$140,156-31%202-8$694$45,595,2197Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$137,528166%18698$739$36,961,59210Paramount
21Parker$122,878-72%212-493$580$17,365,6485FilmDistrict
22Jack Reacher$70,418-45%100-75$704$79,465,89010Paramount
23The Last Stand$55,665115%11460$488$12,026,6706Lionsgate
24Bullet to the Head$39,071-84%105-365$372$9,397,5234Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$213,57541%73-119$2,926$12,572,08535Fox Searchlight
2The Gatekeepers$133,740196%1915$7,039$380,5804Sony Pictures Classics
3No (2013)$69,752-3%62$11,625$182,0342Sony Pictures Classics
4Hyde Park on Hudson$63,407-38%65-21$975$6,126,49212Focus
5Hubble 3D$58,389-24%254$2,336$36,537,671154Warner Bros. / IMAX
6To the Arctic 3D$56,687-29%520$1,090$11,387,80745Warner Bros. / IMAX
756 Up$55,669-20%325$1,740$464,6178First Run Features
8Broken City$49,534-41%98-35$505$19,583,5526Fox
9This is 40$47,970-52%96-71$500$67,523,38510Universal
10A Royal Affair$36,732-48%25-9$1,469$1,331,19316Magnolia Pictures
11Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$36,72241%169$2,295$107,4735Music Box Films
12Stand Up Guys$35,488-67%41-78$866$3,264,1174Lionsgate / Roadside
13The Master$34,08325%20-2$1,704$16,340,14624Weinstein Company
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$33,966-55%45-54$755$33,316,49310Disney
15Searching For Sugar Man$32,58340%3011$1,086$3,322,28931Sony Pictures Classics
16Born to Be Wild 3D$27,212-41%300$907$22,045,26599Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Like Someone in Love$22,0041%96$2,445$56,1382IFC Films
18Koch$20,992-44%9-2$2,332$168,0384Zeitgeist Films
19Texas Chainsaw 3D$20,962-65%44-52$476$34,334,2568Lionsgate
20Rust and Bone$20,325-22%30-3$678$1,980,99414Sony Pictures Classics
21Lore$20,263-47%80$2,533$124,7643Music Box Films
22John Dies at the End$20,20287%177$1,188$87,7445Magnolia / Magnet
23My Worst Nightmare$20,092--1--$20,092$21,45619Strand Releasing
24Space Station 3D$19,00665%42$4,752$87,249,009567IMAX
25Anna Karenina (2012)$16,597-59%28-23$593$12,802,90715Focus
26Sound City$15,924-32%170$937$314,1104Variance Films
27ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$15,392-71%9-13$1,710$218,2573UTV Motion Pictures
28Hitchcock$13,82844%162$864$5,963,60814Fox Searchlight
29Movie 43$12,163-34%21-14$579$8,799,3745Relativity Media
30West of Memphis$11,02491%124$919$141,9289Sony Pictures Classics
31The Sessions$9,552-21%160$597$5,972,47819Fox Searchlight
32The Power of Few$9,35023%53$1,870$17,7012Steelyard Pictures
33Yossi$9,034-41%70$1,291$74,1715Strand Releasing
34Camp (2013)$7,785--1--$7,785$7,7851Freestyle Releasing
35Under the Sea 3D$5,714-54%8-2$714$32,576,151211Warner Bros. / IMAX
36A Late Quartet$5,432-58%7-6$776$1,544,77017Entertainment One / RKO
37Deep Sea 3D$3,975-41%4-3$994$45,431,928365Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Frankenweenie$3,747233%30$1,249$35,287,78821Disney
3911 Flowers$3,516--2--$1,758$3,5161First Run Features
40Race 2$3,273-81%5-6$655$1,578,9965UTV Motion Pictures
41Beware of Mr. Baker$2,445270%1-1$2,445$112,24813SnagFilms
42The Waiting Room$2,301-33%3-1$767$202,95422International Film Circuit
43Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$1,913--3--$638$14,6974First Run Features
44Masquerade (2012)$1,84555%42$461$914,42223CJ Entertainment
455 Broken Cameras$1,829-13%2-4$915$98,04139Kino Lorber
46Inescapable$1,545--2--$773$1,5451IFC Films
47Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$1,092--2--$546$10,34016APD/Cinema Conservancy
48The Sorcerer and the White Snake$977-64%1-3$977$16,3883Magnolia / Magnet
49Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$667-25%10$667$18,4274APD/Cinema Conservancy
50Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$327--1--$327$49,545194The Film Desk
51Breathing$311--1--$311$4,63026Kino Lorber
52Radio Unnameable$228--1--$228$20,34623Kino Lorber