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, Jun. 13 - Sun, Jun. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$57,071,445--3,306--$17,263$57,071,4451Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$49,451,322--4,253--$11,627$49,451,3221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$18,504,997-46%3,623-325$5,108$163,021,5293Disney
4Edge of Tomorrow$16,527,215-43%3,50515$4,715$57,001,6982Warner Bros.
5The Fault in Our Stars$14,791,933-69%3,273100$4,519$80,767,2002Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$9,816,449-35%3,042-597$3,227$206,256,6104Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$3,311,185-46%2,088-1022$1,586$191,457,1945Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$3,246,400-56%2,413-747$1,345$37,107,0203Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$2,369,250-56%1,896-778$1,250$143,022,2156Universal
10Chef$2,187,526-17%1,102-196$1,985$13,987,9796Open Road
11Blended$1,739,108-58%1,581-1347$1,100$40,387,3374Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$953,927-51%682-799$1,399$198,386,2217Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$804,423-60%577-1066$1,394$33,471,3025Disney
3Alone Yet Not Alone$534,626--103--$5,191$668,17238Enthuse Entertainment
4Belle$510,282-34%338-138$1,510$8,569,6247Fox Searchlight
5Rio 2$415,628-46%383-319$1,085$126,666,67010Fox
6Words and Pictures$394,79640%217119$1,819$1,066,0844Roadside Attractions
7Divergent$382,46852%33638$1,138$149,621,27513Lionsgate / Summit
8Heaven is for Real$334,518-15%53286$629$89,402,4329Sony / TriStar
9Captain America: The Winter Soldier$274,842-34%223-94$1,232$256,334,46711Disney
10The Grand Seduction$271,738-5%104-3$2,613$1,280,0883eOne Films US
11Ida (2014)$256,95114%11225$2,294$1,668,3557Music Box Films
12The Other Woman (2014)$244,550-51%244-245$1,002$82,733,1668Fox
13The LEGO Movie$227,240-21%30127$755$256,330,27119Warner Bros.
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$196,466-19%149-36$1,319$58,109,81315Fox Searchlight
15Holiday (2014)$169,460-57%102-42$1,661$706,8932Reliance Entertainment
16The Signal (2014)$155,642--120--$1,297$155,6421Focus
17The Immigrant$152,542-21%140-5$1,090$1,686,8965Weinstein Company
18Mr. Peabody & Sherman$143,620-19%207-17$694$110,622,60715Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19God's Not Dead$129,978-25%150-50$867$60,300,99413Freestyle / Pure Flix
20Muppets Most Wanted$67,329-33%158-39$426$50,972,37313Disney
21Noah$64,281-31%103-33$624$101,163,60712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$136,90519%412$3,339$2,954,37611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Obvious Child$133,85773%1815$7,437$251,4222A24
3The Rover$69,302--5--$13,860$69,3021A24
4Journey to the South Pacific$57,64326%190$3,034$3,216,35929IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
5Brick Mansions$55,951-27%85-14$658$20,222,2028Relativity Media
6Moms' Night Out$52,477-67%81-211$648$10,079,8946Sony / TriStar
7Fading Gigolo$50,268-16%48-6$1,047$3,612,3069Millennium Entertainment
8Night Moves$48,393-1%5524$880$153,0363Cinedigm
9Hubble 3D$45,694-6%232$1,987$44,587,886222Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Fed Up$42,084-53%56-32$752$1,327,3896RADiUS-TWC
11Cold in July$32,917-52%42-31$784$364,8364IFC Films
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$30,95334%1814$1,720$62,4472RADiUS-TWC
13The Lunchbox$30,640-26%26-20$1,178$4,094,68116Sony Pictures Classics
14Jerusalem 3D$25,3939%15-6$1,693$4,434,48839National Geographic
15The Railway Man$25,307-53%50-127$506$4,306,99310Weinstein Company
16We Are the Best!$23,7671%197$1,251$93,6233Magnolia Pictures
17Chinese Puzzle$22,611-27%21-6$1,077$270,8355Cohen Media Group
18Only Lovers Left Alive$22,417-12%27-3$830$1,663,22510Sony Pictures Classics
19Citizen Koch$20,796--11--$1,891$34,9872Variance Films
20Frozen (2013)$20,749-23%28-15$741$400,685,42330Disney
21Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$19,86824%113$1,806$87,4404IFC Films
22Draft Day$18,306-57%53-60$345$28,831,14510Lionsgate / Summit
23Ivory Tower$17,857--2--$8,929$17,8571IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
24Bears$17,624-48%45-30$392$17,550,5019Disneynature
25Transcendence$17,267-31%58-47$298$23,014,5049Warner Bros.
26Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$14,688-60%43-41$342$8,333,3736Clarius Entertainment
27Need For Speed$14,004-48%39-19$359$43,568,50714Disney / DreamWorks
28Locke$11,546-57%23-21$502$1,253,4408A24
29Oculus$11,464-49%31-16$370$27,674,14510Relativity Media
30Finding Vivian Maier$10,857-21%14-7$776$1,418,67912IFC Films
31Under the Skin (2014)$9,584-57%16-12$599$2,467,93111A24
32A Long Way Off$8,005--13--$616$22,1832Moving Visions Entertainment
33Hellion$7,601--1--$7,601$7,6011IFC Films
34Under the Sea 3D$7,58131%12-4$632$34,040,044279Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Lucky Them$7,460184%75$1,066$16,4153IFC Films
36The Double (2014)$7,24816%10-1$725$140,8536Magnolia Pictures
37The German Doctor$6,835-52%8-4$854$414,9128IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
38Elena (2014)$6,129--1--$6,129$23,2783Variance Films
39Borgman$5,912--4--$1,478$15,8632Drafthouse Films
40Filmistaan$5,776-81%8-16$722$44,3072UTV Motion Pictures
41To the Arctic 3D$5,427-16%51$1,085$14,096,449113Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Redwood Highway$5,045-49%6-10$841$88,94310Monterey Media
43Bicycling with Molière$4,80413%61$801$49,3438Strand Releasing
44Test$4,473--4--$1,118$11,8432Variance Films
45A Coffee in Berlin$3,918--1--$3,918$3,9181Music Box Films
46The Hornet's Nest$3,815-69%3-13$1,272$298,9276Freestyle Releasing
47Le Week-End$3,807108%91$423$2,211,59614Music Box Films
48For No Good Reason$3,699-38%20-1$185$56,0048Sony Pictures Classics
49Jodorowsky's Dune$3,348-50%6-10$558$621,55513Sony Pictures Classics
50The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$2,197-58%1-2$2,197$238,78111Zeitgeist Films
51The Sacrament$2,112262%54$422$4,0932Magnolia / Magnet
52Just a Sigh$1,878182%10$1,878$71,28013Distrib Films
5350 to 1$1,805--2--$903$720,11713Ten Furlongs
54The Raid 2$1,801-72%18-20$100$2,625,80312Sony Pictures Classics
55Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,677-53%5-3$335$30,5905International Film Circuit
56Half of a Yellow Sun$1,672736%42$418$27,8555Monterey Media
57Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,593--1--$1,593$14,3154Rialto Pictures
58Filth$1,444-74%50$289$23,6063Magnolia / Magnet
592 Autumns, 3 Winters$1,186-45%10$1,186$5,0302Film Movement
60Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,185--1--$1,185$59,04118Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
61Born to Be Wild 3D$1,171-37%3-12$390$23,393,533167Warner Bros. / IMAX
62Particle Fever$1,102-13%1-2$1,102$862,44115Abramorama / Bond 360
63Blue Ruin$1,013-59%2-1$507$256,9068RADiUS-TWC
64Deep Sea 3D$925-61%82$116$46,063,526433Warner Bros. / IMAX
65Big Men$847-83%21$424$55,87914Abramorama
66The Amazing Catfish$733--1--$733$7331Strand Releasing
67In Bloom$681--3--$227$52,46923Big World Pictures
68Heropanti$671218%1-2$671$63,0514UTV Motion Pictures
69The Unknown Known$565-55%30$188$273,60311RADiUS-TWC
70Godzilla: The Japanese Original$364-86%1-1$364$139,6019Rialto Pictures
71For a Woman$354-93%2-2$177$25,5567Film Movement
72Tasting Menu$199-75%1-1$199$18,6869Magnolia Pictures
73Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$189--1--$189$1891First Run Features
74Nymphomaniac: Volume I$183-92%1-3$183$785,66913Magnolia Pictures
75Nymphomaniac: Volume II$150-86%1-2$150$326,98311Magnolia Pictures
7620 Feet from Stardom$90-64%10$90$4,946,25053RADiUS-TWC
77Next Year Jerusalem$84-44%10$84$8,0935First Run Features