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, Nov. 22 - Sun, Nov. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$158,074,286--4,163--$37,971$158,074,2861Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$14,196,302-61%3,713-128$3,823$167,917,1233Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$12,490,920-59%2,04117$6,120$50,360,5102Universal
4Delivery Man$7,944,977--3,036--$2,617$7,944,9771Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$5,363,208-34%3,071-439$1,746$48,657,0734Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$4,359,075-48%2,926-311$1,490$53,884,8244CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$3,433,864-54%2,625-565$1,308$95,434,6295Paramount
8Gravity$3,210,155-47%1,845-715$1,740$245,407,7598Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$2,833,635-38%1,47463$1,922$29,426,9476Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$1,977,106-67%2,035-1201$972$57,195,5794Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$1,821,366-58%1,656-970$1,100$100,705,8347Sony / Columbia
12About Time$1,249,500-63%1,050-230$1,190$13,822,5584Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$862,893-56%1,121-524$770$114,228,3189Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$2,687,15753%666482$4,035$6,374,0584Focus
2The Christmas Candle$832,9271113%392387$2,125$912,9082EchoLight Studios
3Ram-Leela$467,546-68%2040$2,292$2,269,3582Eros International
4All Is Lost$363,864-60%347-136$1,049$4,944,7026Roadside Attractions
5Despicable Me 2$343,695-18%295-10$1,165$366,375,65021Universal
6Enough Said$244,746-51%233-160$1,050$16,989,90710Fox Searchlight
7Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$199,463--112--$1,781$199,4631Reliance Entertainment
8Blue Is the Warmest Color$183,007-31%14234$1,289$1,447,5055IFC Films
9Escape Plan$134,431-76%267-420$503$24,460,0136Lionsgate / Summit
10Prisoners$129,419-46%255-100$508$60,805,08610Warner Bros.
11Planes$128,165-31%216-30$593$90,056,79916Disney
12We're the Millers$114,156-48%195-108$585$150,208,28516Warner Bros. / New Line
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$106,884-30%185-30$578$68,062,80716Fox
14Insidious: Chapter 2$105,66512%18518$571$83,312,58711FilmDistrict
15Carrie (2013)$71,253-87%210-723$339$35,266,6196Sony / Screen Gems
16The Counselor$63,084-82%129-352$489$16,797,9195Fox
17The Family (2013)$62,656366%12696$497$36,719,25311Relativity Media
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$56,297-43%124-52$454$115,570,23415Weinstein Company
19Elysium$53,059-55%114-67$465$93,050,11716Sony / TriStar
20Monsters University$50,354-44%117-28$430$268,384,64223Disney
21Krrish3$25,469-82%2080$122$2,179,9484Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$609,65245%7041$8,709$1,307,5123Fox
2Nebraska$325,755132%2824$11,634$515,3682Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$243,390--1--$243,390$243,3901Disney
4Singh Saab the Great$138,127--54--$2,558$138,1271Eros International
5Philomena$128,435--4--$32,109$128,4351Weinstein Company
6Kill Your Darlings$100,037-16%787$1,283$643,1706Sony Pictures Classics
7Instructions Not Included$58,72689%8033$734$44,305,90313Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Great Beauty$52,355123%32$17,452$91,0542Janus Films
9I'm in Love with a Church Girl$51,189-57%17-38$3,011$2,380,4056High Top Releasing
10Blue Jasmine$48,385-24%43-9$1,125$32,692,39718Sony Pictures Classics
11The Armstrong Lie$43,0755%3719$1,164$145,6073Sony Pictures Classics
12The Saratov Approach$38,957-57%34-7$1,146$1,325,2197Purdie Distribution
13Hubble 3D$36,511-16%11-1$3,319$41,328,313193Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Don Jon$30,980-49%36-12$861$24,257,0909Relativity Media
15Turbo$30,351-21%46-7$660$82,967,51219Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$28,934--3--$9,645$28,9341IFC Films
17The Wolverine$23,982-36%43-22$558$132,517,78118Fox
18Baggage Claim$22,380-62%46-62$487$21,503,6839Fox Searchlight
19Wadjda$19,820-40%24-16$826$1,319,80611Sony Pictures Classics
20Great Expectations (2013)$19,036-75%35-50$544$258,6563Main Street Films
21Space Station 3D$15,28726%3-1$5,096$89,414,509606IMAX
22Muscle Shoals$13,780-69%25-19$551$607,3239Magnolia Pictures
23The Heat$8,761-5%25-2$350$159,557,07022Fox
24Austenland$8,420-41%19-7$443$2,122,03715Sony Pictures Classics
25Diana$8,054-85%26-57$310$331,6354eOne Films US
26Faust$7,826-22%42$1,957$23,9902Leisure Time Features
27Deep Sea 3D$7,603-4%42$1,901$45,979,996404Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Short Term 12$7,166-20%13-2$551$993,93814Cinedigm
29To the Arctic 3D$7,114-20%90$790$13,671,41884Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Runner Runner$6,326-73%38-38$166$19,303,8398Fox
31In a World...$6,272-51%90$697$2,954,64816Roadside Attractions
32Narco Cultura$6,093--1--$6,093$6,0931Cinedigm
33Spinning Plates$5,827-50%5-1$1,165$86,8935The Film Arcade
34The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$5,679-35%3-1$1,893$44,0074Zeitgeist Films
3520 Feet from Stardom$5,308-19%70$758$4,770,41724RADiUS-TWC
36Go for Sisters$5,303-28%31$1,768$23,2273Variance Films
37Inequality for All$5,079-56%13-7$391$1,158,3529RADiUS-TWC
38Bettie Page Reveals All$4,846--1--$4,846$4,8461Music Box Films
39Grace Unplugged$4,792-58%10-19$479$2,505,4408Roadside Attractions
40The World's End$4,40216%6-2$734$25,996,22514Focus
41A Touch of Sin$3,63976%1-4$3,639$91,7148Kino Lorber
42God Loves Uganda$3,599-36%2-1$1,800$41,5987Variance Films
43Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,413-67%12-17$284$1,153,9387Relativity Media
44Contracted$3,328--3--$1,109$3,3281IFC Midnight
45The Fifth Estate$3,170-81%16-64$198$3,251,9146Disney / DreamWorks
46I Am Divine$2,0077%53$401$42,5507The Film Collaborative
47Reaching for the Moon$1,799-80%1-1$1,799$38,6153Wolfe Releasing
48Born to Be Wild 3D$1,755-68%8-3$219$23,096,076138Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,733-44%1-2$1,733$58,3419Rialto Pictures
50Under the Sea 3D$1,688-57%5-4$338$33,671,660250Warner Bros. / IMAX
51How I Live Now$1,671-77%7-14$239$58,8833Magnolia Pictures
52The Spectacular Now$1,3261%7-1$189$6,851,96917A24
53Sweet Dreams (2013)$995-18%21$498$6,9654International Film Circuit
54Linsanity$966--1--$966$284,3328Ketchup Entertainment
55Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$872--1--$872$37,43912Kino Lorber
56Good Ol' Freda$693-50%4-5$173$135,03912Magnolia Pictures
57Let the Fire Burn$678-61%30$226$48,6338Zeitgeist Films
58Camille Claudel 1915$67745%20$339$21,9606Kino Lorber
59The Act of Killing$637-72%20$319$450,82719Drafthouse Films
60The Patience Stone$615-59%30$205$148,40815Sony Pictures Classics
61Running From Crazy$590-85%1-2$590$33,1944Vitagraph Films
62The Ghosts in Our Machine$471-91%1-1$471$18,0793Ghosts Media Inc.
63The Trials of Muhammad Ali$392-70%1-3$392$57,57914Kino Lorber
64When Comedy Went to School$373-82%1-1$373$226,28117International Film Circuit
65Mr. Nobody$312255%10$312$3,3844Magnolia Pictures
66Big Sur$304-63%10$304$34,4614Ketchup Entertainment
67Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$214-61%10$214$13,9247First Run Features