Box Office: ‘Pixels’ Is Another Disappointment for Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler was once one of the more dependable box office draws in Hollywood. However, outside of Hotel Transylvania and the Grown-Ups films, he hasn’t really had any smash hits in recent years. And, unfortunately, that downward trend is not changing with his latest film, Pixels.
Pixels debuted to a disappointing $24 million, which positioned it at No. 2 for the weekend. This is pretty underwhelming for a movie that cost $88 million to make. Granted, the movie still has the overseas market to help with its overall box office totals, although the foreign numbers aren’t much better than the domestic gross, honestly. The $25.5 million gross from 56 markets brings Pixels to a worldwide gross of $50.4 million so far.
As for the No. 1 movie this weekend, Ant-Man just narrowly retained the top spot, grossing $24.8 million in its second weekend. Currently, its two-week domestic total is $106.1 million, while its worldwide gross is a healthier $226.5 million. Had it not been competing with Minions for that family dollar, the total might have been even higher for the weekend. Minions raked in $22 million in its third weekend to come in at No. 3, making this the tightest Top 3 race at the box office this summer, as all three movies were separated by just $2 million or less.
Outside of the top 3, one of the weekend’s other big new offerings disappointed as well, although not to the degree of Pixels: Paper Towns, the latest John Green adaptation after last summer’s smash hit, The Fault In Our Stars, earned $12.5 million in its debut weekend. Insiders anticipated a gross of at least $20 million, so this is a pretty weak start, especially considering that the studio likely had high hopes following the $48 million debut for The Fault In Our Stars. However, the silver lining here is that Paper Towns only cost $12 million to make, so the movie will probably be in the green by this time next weekend. Still, this low debut prevented Paper Towns from cracking the Top 5.
At No. 4 was Southpaw, from director Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The boxing drama grossed $16.5 million to finish in fifth place, just behind Trainwreck, which earned $17.2 million to come in at No. 4. Some have theorized that the movie might have finished higher if not for the fatal shooting Thursday night in a Louisiana movie theater. Gunman John Russell Houser opened fire on a crowd watching Trainwreck at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, roughly 20 minutes into the film. He then shot himself. The incident has once again opened a dialogue on gun laws, and whether or not it’s actually safe to go to a movie theater these days, between this incident and the tragedy in which James Holmes opened fire on a theater showing The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. Ultimately, if there was any damage to the box office performance of Trainwreck, or any films this weekend, as a result of the shooting in Lafayette, it’s expected that it will only be temporary. Still, the shooting itself was pretty much the definition of a senseless tragedy.
But how did the other films do at the weekend box office? Check out the Top 10 list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 07/27/2015
1. Ant-Man ($24.7 million)
2. Pixels ($24 million)
3. Minions ($22 million)
4. Trainwreck ($17.2 million)
5. Southpaw ($16.5 million)
6. Paper Towns ($12.5 million)
7. Inside Out ($7.3 million)
8. Jurassic World ($6.8 million)
9. Mr. Holmes ($2.8 million)
10. Terminator Genisys ($2.4 million)
But what, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend box office, check out our early report on Ant-Man‘s victory over Pixels this weekend!