Adam Sandler’s latest comedy dealing with aliens inspired by the classic video games of the 1980’s still wasn’t quite enough to knock off Marvel’s newest cinematic superhero.
According to box office analysts at Variety, Ant-Man‘s staying power was too much to keep Sandler’s latest comedy from hitting the number one spot at the box office, with the Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas-starring superhero film earned $24.8 million this weekend. Pixels came in at a close number two, with a figure of right around $24 million. That was slightly below where Sony Pictures Entertainment anticipated it would be, making for a somewhat disappointing debut weekend. On a budget of $88 million, though, its success isn’t quite yet assured.
Critics hammered the film, with the aggregated critic score on Rotten Tomatoes stands at a poor 19%. Its audience score stands at a much higher 58%, though.
In third place is Universal’s highly popular Minions, which took in $22 million. The film has already grossed over $650 million worldwide, already having earned more than the original Despicable Me. The fourth and fifth places at the weekend box office go to Paper Towns and Southpaw, respectively. Paper Towns is a teen-oriented drama/comedy starring Cara Delvingne, while Southpaw is an awards-season favorite starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer, which is written by “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter.
Next weekend should prove interesting, as the two major releases are Vacation — continuing the story of the Griswold family from National Lampoon’s fame — and the sequel Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Whether or not Pixels and Ant-Man can hang on should prove to be an interesting proposition. For more on the box office hits and misses of the week, check back on the weekends here at GeekNation!
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