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, Mar. 29 - Sun, Mar. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$40,501,814--3,719--$10,891$51,008,6891Paramount
2The Croods$26,705,868-39%4,06519$6,570$88,887,9452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$21,641,679--2,047--$10,572$21,641,6791Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$14,147,416-53%3,1068$4,555$54,890,0852FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,702,316-46%3,324-481$3,521$198,374,7164Disney
6The Host (2013)$10,600,112--3,202--$3,310$10,600,1121Open Road
7The Call$4,925,675-45%2,439-68$2,020$39,605,8913Sony / TriStar
8Admission$3,235,263-47%2,1611$1,497$11,744,1412Focus
9Spring Breakers$2,774,146-43%1,379275$2,012$10,074,4353A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,343,025-69%1,575-1585$853$20,629,6463Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$1,098,215-58%1,082-1084$1,015$129,916,1058Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$1,019,062-65%1,080-1480$944$61,399,3845Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$900,927-43%752-292$1,198$128,712,56320Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$444,457-76%746-1061$596$41,353,8596Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$427,260-41%340-149$1,257$123,321,12519Fox
4Safe Haven$387,754-66%550-729$705$69,811,4367Relativity Media
5Quartet$382,271-34%302-123$1,266$16,599,66412Weinstein Company
621 And Over$302,777-71%344-790$880$24,952,0895Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$235,117-51%977-517$241$53,927,0967Weinstein Company
8The Gatekeepers$201,99018%10511$1,924$1,870,0029Sony Pictures Classics
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$183,244-12%202-7$907$55,220,48810Paramount
10Stoker$174,821-51%194-81$901$1,473,8225Fox Searchlight
11Django Unchained$171,870-39%233-63$738$162,314,68314Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$158,960-51%209-239$761$66,551,0697Fox
13Emperor$148,476-48%138-99$1,076$2,890,3054Roadside Attractions
14Argo$141,426-1%26075$544$135,730,13525Warner Bros.
15Side Effects (2013)$127,071-53%102-123$1,246$31,234,5758Open Road
16Warm Bodies$123,323-48%162-137$761$65,246,5979Lionsgate / Summit
17Wreck-It Ralph$118,696-40%207-31$573$188,981,90622Disney
18Parental Guidance$88,669-35%140-45$633$76,898,48814Fox
19Lincoln$85,677-61%189-103$453$182,027,67721Disney / DreamWorks
20Mama$73,805-21%123-7$600$71,588,22011Universal
21The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$69,568-61%145-90$480$302,849,49316Warner Bros. / New Line
22Rise of The Guardians$65,443-36%134-28$488$103,295,83719Paramount / DreamWorks
23The Last Exorcism Part II$60,695-81%102-353$595$15,152,8795CBS Films
24Dark Skies$56,634-70%101-104$561$17,130,7486Weinstein / Dimension
25Les Miserables (2012)$54,535-42%109-20$500$148,775,46014Universal
26Beautiful Creatures (2013)$40,727-59%115-73$354$19,398,3457Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$279,457--4--$69,864$279,4571Focus
2No (2013)$226,94615%7010$3,242$1,305,6967Sony Pictures Classics
3Himmatwala$197,770--99--$1,998$197,7701UTV Motion Pictures
4Ginger & Rosa$171,10673%7844$2,194$380,1643A24
5From Up on Poppy Hill$118,75499%2519$4,750$283,4493GKIDS
6On the Road$118,38916%7735$1,538$428,15515IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$96,78927%18-7$5,377$37,264,565159Warner Bros. / IMAX
8New World$88,920-32%21-3$4,234$300,6132Well Go USA
9Lore$77,69010%44-5$1,766$605,8838Music Box Films
10The Sapphires$71,62987%128$5,969$126,2182Weinstein Company
11Renoir$65,194--6--$10,866$65,1941IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12To the Arctic 3D$63,50037%520$1,221$11,917,07550Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Starbuck$49,481219%1714$2,911$3,527,3392eOne Films US
14The Impossible$45,511-41%86-37$529$18,818,96215Lionsgate / Summit
15Zero Dark Thirty$45,165-67%91-124$496$95,720,71615Sony / Columbia
16Born to Be Wild 3D$43,62431%300$1,454$22,361,546104Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Space Station 3D$30,60221%2-3$15,301$87,542,807572IMAX
18Monsters, Inc. 3D$30,530-35%40-9$763$33,823,73515Disney
19Room 237$29,693--2--$14,847$29,6931IFC Midnight
20Amour$29,087-47%49-41$594$6,649,59115Sony Pictures Classics
21Dead Man Down$28,623-91%75-537$382$10,764,6134FilmDistrict
22Blancanieves$25,264--4--$6,316$25,2641Cohen Media Group
23Wrong$20,424--19--$1,075$20,4241Drafthouse Films
24Under the Sea 3D$19,52362%165$1,220$32,713,203216Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Gangster Squad$19,058-36%500$381$45,996,71812Warner Bros.
26Hava Nagila (The Movie)$18,856-18%16-5$1,179$222,5165International Film Circuit
27The Silence$18,535268%95$2,059$45,9914Music Box Films
28Gimme the Loot$16,949-20%43$4,237$45,4382IFC Films
2956 Up$15,60735%15-1$1,040$649,67713First Run Features
30Searching For Sugar Man$15,440-35%16-9$965$3,588,61836Sony Pictures Classics
31Parker$13,238-44%36-19$368$17,609,98210FilmDistrict
32Reality (2013)$11,673--4--$2,918$33,0993Oscilloscope
33Bless Me, Ultima$11,271-50%11-10$1,025$1,536,5196Arenas Entertainment
34A Royal Affair$10,785-15%7-5$1,541$1,494,59321Magnolia Pictures
35Mental$9,804--12--$817$9,8041Dada Films
36Koch$9,189-32%9-7$1,021$307,8469Zeitgeist Films
37Beyond the Hills$9,0826%103$908$81,8464IFC Films
38West of Memphis$8,665-58%20-20$433$291,28714Sony Pictures Classics
39Like Someone in Love$8,314-59%13-10$640$198,0817IFC Films
40Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$7,917-31%10-6$792$295,15210Music Box Films
41Upside Down$7,866-70%19-20$414$90,9163Millennium Entertainment
42Broken City$7,811122%165$488$19,692,60811Fox
43Deep Sea 3D$7,73511%2-1$3,868$45,483,402370Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Kai Po Che$6,566-61%5-13$1,313$1,116,2946UTV Motion Pictures
45Love and Honor (2013)$6,200120%86$775$9,5942IFC Films
46Sound City$6,146241%64$1,024$384,1489Variance Films
47Violeta Went to Heaven$5,588--2--$2,794$5,5881Kino Lorber
48White Elephant$5,098--1--$5,098$5,0981Strand Releasing
49Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$4,397-18%10$4,397$10,5422The Film Desk
50Leonie$4,387-4%63$731$10,7543Monterey Media
51Camp (2013)$3,752-77%6-11$625$104,3116Freestyle Releasing
52Girl Rising$3,550-50%3-1$1,183$518,5304Gathr Films
53The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,377-85%7-21$482$363,8375Methinx Entertainment
54Dorfman in Love$2,901-55%5-2$580$11,9552Brainstorm Media
55Welcome to the Punch$2,736--2--$1,368$3,4101IFC Films
56Hunky Dory$2,695-64%6-5$449$12,8362Variance Films
57The Girl (2013)$2,604-5%4-3$651$30,8714Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
58Yossi$2,597-33%21$1,299$114,16610Strand Releasing
59Any Day Now$2,169-63%4-3$542$200,00216Music Box Films
60Leviathan (2013)$2,088-60%20$1,044$42,0685Cinema Guild
61A Place at the Table$2,036-47%8-9$255$198,6755Magnolia Pictures
62Orchestra of Exiles$1,995574%10$1,995$29,66823First Run Features
63A Fierce Green Fire$1,65395%41$413$16,9465First Run Features
64Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$1,502-26%4-2$376$57,8114Cinedigm
6511 Flowers$1,156--1--$1,156$7,3776First Run Features
66John Dies at the End$1,031-75%2-8$516$138,43810Magnolia / Magnet
67Rust and Bone$884-91%3-14$295$2,061,44919Sony Pictures Classics
68Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$821--2--$411$21,5489APD/Cinema Conservancy
69The ABC's of Death$708-72%1-6$708$21,6604Magnet / Drafthouse
70The Waiting Room$702-92%2-6$351$239,54427International Film Circuit
71M (2013 re-issue)$628-76%10$628$16,7733Kino Lorber
72Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$523-46%1-1$523$22,31211Kino Lorber
73Rangrezz$271-94%2-9$136$6,1082UTV Motion Pictures
74If I Were You$241-80%3-2$80$7,9903Kino Lorber
75The End of Love$171-55%10$171$8,3265Variance Films