It was a tight battle at the box office this weekend between last week’s reigning champ, “Ant-Man”, and this week’s new release, “Pixels”. Ultimately, “Ant-Man”, the latest Marvel superhero origin story, managed to sneak past “Pixels” by less than $1 million. “Ant-Man”, which is on track to becoming one of Marvel’s least successful movies (financially, at least), was number one again with $24.7 million; however, that is over a 50% drop-off from its debut last weekend, proving that it isn’t going to have much longevity in theaters.
“Pixels”, meanwhile, is an action comedy starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Peter Dinklage as former video game champions who have to fight alien invaders who turned 80s arcade games like “Pac-Man” into weapons. The film was met with mixed reviews and came in second with $24 million, at least making it the most successful of this week’s several new releases. “Southpaw” debuted in fifth with $16.5 million. The drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer trying to get back on his feet has been largely well-reviewed, particularly in regards to Gyllenhaal’s powerful performance. The last of this weekend’s new releases, “Paper Towns”, followed in sixth with $12.5 million. The coming-of-age dramedy is based on a book by John Green, the author of “The Fault in Our Stars”, although this film doesn’t seem to have caught on with audiences nearly as much as the latter’s film adaptation did last year.
Meanwhile, “Mr. Holmes” expanded to more theaters nationwide this weekend, and continues to be successful. The drama, which follows retired detective Sherlock Holmes as he tries to recall his last case, jumped to ninth this weekend with $2.8 million.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “Ant-Man”: $24.7 million
2. “Pixels”: $24 million
3. “Minions”: $22.1 million
4. “Trainwreck”: $17.3 million
5. “Southpaw”: $16.5 million
6. “Paper Towns”: $12.5 million
7. “Inside Out”: $7.3 million
8. “Jurassic World”: $6.9 million
9. “Mr. Holmes”: $2.8 million
10. “Terminator: Genisys”: $2.4 million
11. “Magic Mike XXL”: $1.8 million
12. “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”: $1.6 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.