'Ant-Man' Remains in First on Monday with $3.32M; 'Minions' a Close Second with $3.09M; 'Pixels' Takes Third with Lackluster $2.86MJuly 28, 2015 01:08 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Ant-Man led the daily box office on Monday with $3.32 million. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel has topped the daily box office each of the past three days. Ant-Man was down 57 percent from Sunday and down a sizable 48 percent from last Monday. The film continues to perform on the lower end of expectations with a solid $109.54 million eleven-day take. Ant-Man is currently running 10 percent ahead of the $99.70 million eleven-day gross of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 9 percent behind the $120.86 million eleven-day haul of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Minions placed in a fairly close second on Monday with $3.09 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment fell 57 percent from Sunday and 46.5 percent from last Monday. While Minions has been significantly front-loaded thus far, in the bigger picture the film remains a very strong performer with an 18-day take of $265.54 million. That places Minions just behind the $268.60 million 18-day total of 2013's Despicable Me 2.

Sony's Pixels followed closely behind in third with $2.86 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy was down a solid 56 percent from Sunday's performance. Pixels has grossed a lackluster $26.87 million through four days of release. That places the film a disappointing 42 percent behind the $46.27 million four-day start of 2013's Grown Ups 2 and a modest 7 percent ahead of the $25.02 million four-day take of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 earlier this year. Those comparisons are especially underwhelming given that Pixels has the added advantage of higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions.

Universal's Trainwreck claimed fourth place with $2.14 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow declined 58 percent from Sunday and a solid 39.5 percent from last Monday. Trainwreck has grossed a very promising $63.67 million in eleven days and is highly likely to hold up even better going forward thanks to strong word of mouth. The film is running an impressive 42 percent ahead of the $44.97 million eleven-day take of 2009's Julie & Julia and 7 percent behind the $68.56 million eleven-day gross of 2007's Knocked Up.

The Weinstein Company's Southpaw rounded out Monday's top five with $2.00 million. The Antoine Fuqua directed sports drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal fell 58 percent from Sunday. Southpaw is running slightly ahead of pre-release expectations with a healthy four-day start of $18.70 million. That places the film 30 percent ahead of the $14.42 million four-day gross of 2012's End of Watch. Southpaw may hold up well going forward thanks in part to the film going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

Paper Towns took sixth place with $1.81 million. On the heels of this weekend's significantly softer than expected start, Fox's young adult adaptation starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne stabilized nicely on Monday by falling only 35 percent from Sunday. Yesterday's hold strongly suggests that Paper Towns will be relatively stronger on weekdays than on weekends. Paper Towns has grossed $14.46 million in four days, which places it 15 percent behind the $16.95 million four-day take of last year's If I Stay.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Nov. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$26,450,532-34%4,061--$6,513$138,122,2611Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$6,116,802-34%3,606--$1,696$21,237,0681Warner Bros.
3Immortals$3,447,012-32%3,1208$1,105$53,079,8892Relativity Media
4Puss in Boots (2011)$3,308,209-33%3,415-488$969$122,391,8734Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$3,039,261-42%3,4380$884$40,766,4792Sony / Columbia
6Tower Heist$1,691,650-48%2,942-428$575$53,538,8203Universal
7J. Edgar$1,519,746-42%1,94737$781$20,722,8142Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$774,257-36%1,808-1067$428$28,335,2803Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$447,629-40%1,367-1224$327$33,454,5334Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$223,225-50%1,402-1374$159$102,619,1955Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$208,208-46%1,218-997$171$50,166,8696Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$160,266-38%702-1056$228$82,557,9177Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$147,835-33%10939$1,356$1,767,3584Paramount Vantage
3Courageous$134,452-25%517-388$260$32,338,4718Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$119,436-52%409-404$292$72,641,2919Sony / Columbia
5The Ides of March$111,994-50%298-398$376$39,100,1437Sony / Columbia
6Margin Call$107,452-48%173-26$621$3,915,7915Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$105,833-39%180-3$588$2,258,4295Fox Searchlight
8Dolphin Tale$83,291-30%388-317$215$70,017,1289Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs$65,064-36%252-17$258$141,941,58817Sony / Columbia
11Contagion$53,200-38%301-54$177$75,178,90611Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$53,135-28%179-303$297$4,152,9544Sony / Columbia
13The Rum Diary$45,892-23%152-795$302$12,839,2674FilmDistrict
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$37,269-58%170-499$219$19,548,5505Summit
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$25,102-35%131-33$192$176,454,88516Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$24,300-38%108-102$225$8,269,1055Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$377,753-23%29--$13,026$1,269,2961Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$25,552-15%490$521$14,279,60133Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$17,350-35%46-29$377$34,363,12210FilmDistrict
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$13,130-28%70-2$188$38,466,27514Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$10,737-49%91-39$118$84,323,97017Warner Bros.
6Sarah's Key$8,942-35%52-110$172$7,661,82918Weinstein Company
7The Big Year$7,839-36%59-24$133$7,121,2456Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,433-28%78-7$95$381,000,18519Warner Bros.
9The Mighty Macs$5,904-29%28-33$211$1,864,9525Quaker Media
10What's Your Number?$3,029-36%25-38$121$14,008,1938Fox
11Shark Night 3D$2,713-27%27-2$100$18,872,52212Relativity Media
12I Don't Know How She Does It$2,154-41%38-45$57$9,659,07410Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$1,856-35%11-2$169$7,696,63211CodeBlack Entertainment
14Machine Gun Preacher$1,306-3%197$69$531,5959Relativity Media
15Our Idiot Brother$657-37%6-6$110$24,814,83013Weinstein Company
16Inni$536-71%4--$134$88,5264Cinema Purgatorio
17Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$310-40%87$39$489,08412Indomina Media
18Circumstance$283201%2-3$142$441,40413Roadside Attractions
19Apollo 18$266-32%5-13$53$17,686,92912Weinstein Company