Not even Adam Sandler can stand-up to Marvel. The producer-actor's new film "Pixels" was the best performing new release this weekend; however, it failed to pass Disney/Marvel's "Ant-Man," which won the box office.
In its opening weekend, “Pixels” came in second place with an underwhelming $24 million in North America. This is better than Sandler’s 2014 movie “Blended,” which opened to $14 million, but doesn’t come close to the $41.5 million “Grown Up 2” made when it debuted in 2013. Largely panned by critics, the movie received a B CinemaScore.
“Pixels” also stars Kevin James (“Hitch”), Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) and Josh Gad (“Frozen”). Produced by Sony, the movie is about Earth being invaded by aliens who look like popular video game characters from the 1980s.
“Ant-Man,” the final movie of Marvel’s Phase II, is number one for the second weekend in a row. It topped the weekend box office with $24.765 million, down 56.7 percent from its opening weekend. In the 10 days since its release, "Ant-Man" has passed $100 million mark.
Coming in fifth place with an estimated $16.5 million is “Southpaw,” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer trying to get his life on track after the death of his wife and having his daughter taken away. The Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) directed movie surpassed pre-release projections, which predicted it would make about $13 million.
While “Southpaw” surprised, “Paper Towns,” an adaptation of a John Green novel, fell below pre-release estimates and came in sixth place. Starring Cara Delevingne, “Paper Towns” garnered an estimated $12.5 million, falling short of the predicted $20 million. “Paper Towns” didn’t come close to “The Fault In Our Stars,” Green’s last movie to be adapted for the silver screen, which made $48 million when it debuted last summer.
The rest of the top five was filled with holdovers. “Minions” made $22 million, bringing its cumulative domestic gross to $261.6 million. Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” which had a strong opening weekend, came in fourth with about $17.3 million. It’s not clear if Thursday’s tragic shooting in Louisiana affected its numbers, but an analyst told the International Business Times on Friday that he doubted the romantic comedy’s numbers would be significantly affected.
In this weekend’s other big news, Universal’s “Jurassic Park” is now the third highest grossing domestic film of all time. Now in its seventh weekend in theatres, the Chris Pratt starring movie has grossed an estimated $623.8 million domestically. It’s only beaten by “Avatar” and “Titanic.”