‘Ant-Man’ takes bytes out of ‘Pixels’ for 2nd box office win

1. Ant-Man – $24.8 million [2nd week; $106.1 million total] It was close, but Marvel’s pint-sized hero staved off a trio of newcomers to retain its box office crown for a second week. The film holds a slight edge over its runner-up so it could possibly be dethroned by the time the final Sunday numbers come around.

Pixels-Josh-Gad-Ashley-Benson2. Pixels – $24 million [debut week] Adam Sandler has seen better days at the box office. Where once he was averaging around $40 million in his box office debuts, Sandler now is hovering in the low $20 million range.The premise of video game characters invading Earth only to be stopped by gaming experts didn’t exactly thrill audiences or critics, which gave it a 19% rating on rottentomatoes.com. Don’t expect this to stick around in the Top 5 very long.

3. Minions -$22 million [3rd week; $261.6 million] The third film to feature the Minions is now the second highest grossing of the series, displacing ‘Despicable Me’s’ $251 million total domestic gross. The yellow suspender wearing goons don’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon and with weak options, may be firmly entrenched at No. 3 for the next few weeks.

Film Title: Trainwreck4. Trainwreck – $17.2 million [2nd week; $61.5 million] Counter programming and good buzz led to Amy Schumer’s box office debut holding up fairly well despite the terrible tragedy in Louisiana where a man opened fire during a ‘Trainwreck’ screening, killed two women, injuring nine people before killing himself.

 

5. Southpaw – $16.5 million [debut week] Jake Gyllenhaal’s potential Oscar contender fought its way to a fifth place finish, better than experts predicted. It’ll be interested to see how word-of-mouth goes with this one as it’s already closing in on its $25 million budget.

 

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