Ant-Man beats Pixels, Southpaw takes Paper Towns in box-office shakeup
Adam Sandler’s video-game themed family comedy wasn’t enough to topple Marvel’s “Ant-Man” at the box-office this weekend. Disney took the number-one spot at the domestic box-office for the second week in a row with Paul Rudd’s latest “Ant-Man” film. The super-hero themed film earned an additional $25M this weekend, breaking $106M domestically and holding-on to the top-spot.
“Pixels” was only one of three major films to open this weekend, the film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Ashley Benson. Taking second-place overall, “Pixels” did manage to earn $24M for Sony Pictures across the nation while opening across an estimated 3,723 screens.
In third-place with $22M this weekend was the Universal Pictures animated-comedy “Minions,” that film has now earned over $261M domestically since it was released.
The adult-comedy “Trainwreck,” also from Universal Pictures, took fourth-place overall at the box-office after earning an additional $17.3M this weekend. The film stars Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and Brie Larson and was directed by Judd Apatow.
“Southpaw” from The Weinstein Company manages to break into the top-five during its debut weekend with $16.5M domestically. The film opened across an estimated 2,772 screens and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams. “Southpaw” was directed by Antoine Fuqua.
In a surprising slump, the latest John Green adaptation “Paper Towns” only earned $12.5M across 3,031 screens in its debut weekend. The film, from 20th Century Fox, stars Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne and Austin Abrams. “Paper Towns” landed in sixth-place overall.