In a quiet week at the box office, none of the newcomers were particularly impressive, opening the door for a tiny hero to repeat.
Last week’s champion, Ant-Man, came in #1 again during its second weekend. The latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe grossed $24.7 million to up its domestic total to $106 million. That’s a 56.7 percent decrease from its opening numbers, which were low (but not too low) for a Marvel movie. Internationally, the film has already crossed $226.4 million, meaning this is hardly a loss for Marvel. It’s not performing like Guardians of the Galaxy, but it’s still doing pretty well for a movie about a guy who talks to ants.
In at #2 is one of this week’s fresh arrivals, Pixels (read our review). Adam Sandler’s retro game action/comedy could only manage a weak $24 million over its first three days, which is considerably below the expectations analysts had for it going into the weekend. The film actually won Friday with $9.1 million, but word-of-mouth killed its chances of dethroning Ant-Man. Critics trashed this one to death, and audiences are clearly tiring of Sandler’s schtick after so many years of poorly-received films. Despite having a premise that looked ripe for cross-generational appeal, Pixels never found its target demographic.
Sometimes, a film like this can be saved by the worldwide gross, but the jury is still out if Pixels can emerge as one of the “bubble” films. The worldwide total is just at $49.4 million. If there’s any silver lining, it’s that the production budget was a “measly” $88 million, which is lower than your typical summer genre picture. So at the end of the day, there’s still a chance that Pixels can turn a profit for Sony. However, it still has a long crawl to reach that point, and with enthusiasm for the project very, very low, it’s hard to see how it can turn things around to become a commercial winner for the studio.
In at #3 is Minions, which made $22.1 million during its third weekend. Universal’s animated smash is currently at $261.6 domestically.
Coming in at #4 is Trainwreck. The Amy Schumer vehicle held well, as its $17.3 million gross is only a 42.5 percent decrease from its opening weekend numbers. The solid word-of-mouth seems to be helping this bit of counter-programming stay afloat in the middle of summer. The film’s domestic total is now at $61.5 million
Rounding out the top five is Southpaw (read our review). The boxing drama turned a lot of heads in the early stages of its marketing thanks to star Jake Gyllenhaal’s incredible transformation, but that didn’t seem to help the movie sell a lot of tickets. In its first three days, Southpaw grossed $16.5 million. That’s in line with the expectations, and it’s not a bad figure for a movie of this scale. Making things better is that the production budget (which doesn’t include marketing costs, we should point out) was $30 million, meaning there’s a very good chance this turns into a decent profit for the Weinstein Company. It just won’t be the next Rocky.
The John Green adaptation Paper Towns (read our review) opens at #6 after making $12.5 million in its first three days. After the big success of last year’s The Fault in our Stars ($124.8 million), the hope was for this film to be a lot bigger than it ended up being. Still, the figure isn’t too surprising, since Paper Towns had a limited target audience and didn’t have the most visible ad campaign to get the masses sucked in. If Fox is looking for consolation, the film’s worldwide total ($28.5 million) is more than double the $12 million production budget, meaning the film will still prove to be a worthwhile investment, even if it’s not a blockbuster.
Pixar’s Inside Out comes in at #7 with $7.3 million. The film is now at $320.3 million.
2015’s box office champ Jurassic World finished at #8 seven weeks into its release by posting $6.9 million. The sci-fi smash has now made $623.8 million domestically, which puts it ahead of the first Avengers film on the all-time charts. In an age of superheroes, the T. rex is still the king.
After adding 325 theaters to its location count, Mr. Holmes moved up to #9 and grossed $2.8 million. The small drama is now at $6.4 million domestically.
Finishing off the top ten is Terminator: Genisys. After making $2.4 million this weekend, the sci-fi reboot has now made $85.6 million domestically, illustrating why Paramount is so cautious about green lighting a sequel.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, July 27 – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo