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. 15 - Mon, Feb. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$28,640,657--3,553--$8,061$36,879,7731Fox
2Identity Thief$27,456,470-21%3,16524$8,675$74,744,2552Universal
3Safe Haven$24,469,155--3,223--$7,592$33,298,0731Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$21,101,976--3,288--$6,418$21,101,9761Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$10,550,103-7%2,897-112$3,642$51,770,6343Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,945,261--2,950--$3,032$11,487,5781Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$7,413,75615%2,202-607$3,367$99,788,22814Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$7,299,145-22%2,6050$2,802$20,119,9812Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$4,176,456-27%2,103-1182$1,986$50,405,2514Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$3,602,315-10%1,527-1035$2,359$88,530,9839Sony / Columbia
11Mama$3,081,765-27%1,648-1029$1,870$68,561,9405Universal
12Lincoln$2,063,12010%1,007-510$2,049$176,651,04715Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$1,857,164-19%1,017-485$1,826$157,350,1478Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,625,35711%903-502$2,907$127,288,40919Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$2,074,61719%647-277$3,207$111,376,51813Fox
3Quartet$1,624,64773%33389$4,879$7,200,6646Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,276,940-13%605-396$2,111$300,161,28510Warner Bros. / New Line
5Wreck-It Ralph$1,102,0703%506-251$2,178$185,835,92916Disney
6Les Miserables (2012)$1,098,445-29%676-771$1,625$145,764,4258Universal
7Amour$858,412128%306181$2,805$4,081,5419Sony Pictures Classics
8Parental Guidance$679,832-37%603-616$1,127$75,343,6928Fox
9The Impossible$585,515-39%422-317$1,387$17,612,1669Lionsgate / Summit
10Rise of The Guardians$580,879128%33863$1,719$101,540,45413Paramount / DreamWorks
11Parker$528,932-72%705-1299$750$17,084,9564FilmDistrict
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$440,47814%266115$1,656$1,536,4153ShortsHD
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$345,298246%25494$1,359$291,838,80414Lionsgate / Summit
14A Haunted House$343,563-56%340-573$1,010$39,591,3346Open Road
15Skyfall$323,363-26%262-108$1,234$303,954,36015Sony / Columbia
16Bullet to the Head$285,333-86%470-1934$607$9,279,0123Warner Bros.
17Gangster Squad$246,955-72%210-732$1,176$45,391,5066Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$186,75550%19295$973$12,306,98834Fox Searchlight
19Jack Reacher$154,574-34%175-132$883$79,360,5599Paramount
20Stand Up Guys$132,379-80%119-551$1,112$3,187,4363Lionsgate / Roadside
21Hotel Transylvania$121,584-24%144-47$844$148,313,04821Sony / Columbia
22This is 40$116,065-40%167-111$695$67,449,5059Universal
23Broken City$99,773-80%133-622$750$19,504,6855Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$169,120-91%40-260$4,228$2,986,1382Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$117,309-14%86-44$1,364$6,030,75711Focus
3Monsters, Inc. 3D$108,577-50%99-137$1,097$33,265,5859Disney
4To the Arctic 3D$102,76067%520$1,976$11,302,35444Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Hubble 3D$98,429108%214$4,687$36,395,807153Warner Bros. / IMAX
6No (2013)$90,454--4--$22,614$90,4541Sony Pictures Classics
7A Royal Affair$89,91141%34-3$2,644$1,264,27515Magnolia Pictures
856 Up$86,925130%2711$3,219$388,0547First Run Features
9Here Comes the Boom$69,846-28%96-48$728$45,290,31819Sony / Columbia
10Texas Chainsaw 3D$69,180-32%96-89$721$34,298,2157Lionsgate
11Born to Be Wild 3D$62,35943%300$2,079$22,002,15598Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Guilt Trip$62,237-42%88-137$707$36,805,3169Paramount
13The Gatekeepers$56,98235%41$14,246$228,4283Sony Pictures Classics
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$53,657-44%22-3$2,439$179,8112UTV Motion Pictures
15Anna Karenina (2012)$49,547-19%51-40$972$12,771,63614Focus
16Koch$46,85280%117$4,259$135,5613Zeitgeist Films
17Lore$45,72145%82$5,715$93,5532Music Box Films
18Rust and Bone$35,96522%33-18$1,090$1,953,31813Sony Pictures Classics
19Red Dawn (2012)$33,788-38%56-49$603$44,800,70613FilmDistrict
20Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$32,232927%76$4,605$59,4584Music Box Films
21The Last Stand$30,456-67%54-185$564$11,964,2665Lionsgate
22Searching For Sugar Man$28,25037%19-1$1,487$3,283,21630Sony Pictures Classics
23Sound City$28,015-12%17-2$1,648$291,1123Variance Films
24The Master$27,27015%22-7$1,240$16,285,99423Weinstein Company
25Like Someone in Love$26,585--3--$8,862$26,5851IFC Films
26Race 2$22,389-73%11-52$2,035$1,571,5734UTV Motion Pictures
27A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III$21,786--18--$1,210$35,5862A24
28Movie 43$21,647-92%35-742$618$8,781,9614Relativity Media
29Under the Sea 3D$19,221516%102$1,922$32,562,224210Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Yossi$18,231105%71$2,604$59,1404Strand Releasing
31A Late Quartet$16,61789%131$1,278$1,535,15316Entertainment One / RKO
32The Sessions$15,26030%16-2$954$5,957,47318Fox Searchlight
33John Dies at the End$12,809-37%101$1,281$64,6744Magnolia / Magnet
34Space Station 3D$11,500-73%2-1$5,750$87,158,044566IMAX
35Lost in Thailand$10,122-69%350$289$57,3972WAMCR
36Deep Sea 3D$10,116-76%70$1,445$45,422,075364Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Hitchcock$10,112-49%14-22$722$5,944,57713Fox Searchlight
38Playing For Keeps (2012)$9,366-67%23-58$407$13,101,14211FilmDistrict
39The Power of Few$7,913--2--$3,957$7,9131Steelyard Pictures
40West of Memphis$7,132-29%8-2$892$130,2118Sony Pictures Classics
41Taken 2$6,874-54%16-19$430$139,852,97120Fox
42Killing Them Softly$6,240-84%30-57$208$15,022,14612Weinstein Company
43The Waiting Room$4,313-18%40$1,078$199,85621International Film Circuit
44The Sorcerer and the White Snake$3,833-31%4-1$958$15,2502Magnolia / Magnet
45Brooklyn Castle$3,047--3--$1,016$216,12118Producers Distribution Agency
46Night Across the Street$2,205-32%10$2,205$7,6132Cinema Guild
475 Broken Cameras$2,091-20%6-1$349$93,57838Kino Lorber
48North Sea Texas$1,728--2--$864$27,57816Strand Releasing
49Frankenweenie$1,439-79%3-17$480$35,283,50620Disney
50Masquerade (2012)$1,394-20%2-2$697$912,01722CJ Entertainment
51The Package (2013)$1,277--1--$1,277$1,2771Anchor Bay Films
52Any Day Now$1,260-20%3-2$420$183,19710Music Box Films
53Starlet$916--2--$458$87,91015Music Box Films
54Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$888--1--$888$17,7603APD/Cinema Conservancy
55We Won't Grow Old Together$694--1--$694$13,60237The Film Desk
56Wagner & Me$673178%10$673$36,08911First Run Features
57Beware of Mr. Baker$661-77%2-1$331$109,40612SnagFilms