Weekend Roundup

Ant-Man came in 1st again in its second week of release with $24.90 million. The film has grossed a total of $106.21 million after only 10 days, which places it around Marvel’s weaker performing films such as The Incredible Hulk ($97.06 million 10-day start) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($117.42 million 10-day start). Still, it’s a decent take for a regular summer blockbuster, and it proves that even Ant-Man doesn’t shrink from an honest challenge.

Adam Sandler’s new comedy Pixels opened in 2nd place in its first round at the multiplex, grossing $24.01 million. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and the other video game characters were clearly no match for the overwhelmingly negative reviews (read ours here) which match Sandler’s track record for delivering critically derided fare.

Minions fell down to 3rd place, bringing in an estimated $22.93 million. Despite opening strong, the film hasn’t been as big of a box office juggernaut stateside as some might have expected, possibly due to mixed receptions from audiences. That being said, the film has grossed $262.45 million domestically, making it a worthy entry in the Despicable Me franchise.

Coming in 4th place is the Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck with an estimated $17.28 million. It’s a nice hold from last week, most likely due to strong word-of-mouth, leading the film to take in $61.53 million in its first ten days of release.

Despite mixed critical reception, Southpaw stepped into the ring and managed to nab 5th place with an estimated $16.70 million, proving Jake Gyllenhaal’s bankability as an actor.

Disappointingly, Paper Towns opened outside of the Top 5 in 6th place with an estimated $12.65 million. Being based on a popular young adult novel, one would think Paper Towns would have opened higher. What’s more, the film opened below expectations previously set by last summer’s John Green adaptation The Fault in Our Stars’ (which raked in a staggering $48.00 million on its opening weekend). The film has reportedly already made back its $12 million production budget, but this is not a good sign for the YA sub-genre moving forward.

Worldwide Numbers

The Minions’ worldwide takeover is underway, as the film has grossed $44 million overseas this past weekend, bringing its worldwide total up to $760.254 million (and it still has 7 more territories to conquer).

Ant-Man brought in $35.4 million from 49 different territories, taking its worldwide total up to $226.62 million.

Also, there’s a Chinese superhero spoof titled Pancake Man that brought in more money overseas ($25.1 million) than Pixels did ($21.4 million).

Breaking Records

We officially live in a world where “Chris Pratt > The Avengers” is fact! (Okay, maybe it should be “Chris Pratt and his Dinos > The Avengers,” but still). This past week, Jurassic World became the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time with $1.541 billion, topping The Avengers’ $1.519 billion. Universal Studios came close to beating The Avengers earlier in the year with Furious 7, but that film fell short by around $8 million, allowing Jurassic World to join James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic in the Top 3 highest grossing movies of all-time.

Prediction Time!

Light the fuse.

1.) Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
2.) Ant-Man
3.) Vacation
4.) Pixels
5.) Minions

Featured Image: Pixels, Columbia Pictures