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Weekend Box Office Report: July 24-26, 2015

07.26.2015

Ant-Man stands tall at #1!

For a second weekend, Marvel's shrinking superhero took the top spot at the box office as ANT-MAN gathered an estimated opening of $24.7 million!

Paul Rudd's diminutive friend of insects dropped 56% from its opening last week, but has a 10-day domestic total of $106 million and $226.4 million worldwide so far.

Opening in second place was the new action-comedy PIXELS with $24 million. The high-concept movie from director Chris Columbus freatures Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage battling an invasion of retro videogame characters, and came with a reported $90 million cost.

Critics yanked the plug on PIXELS with 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, and moviegoers gave it a 'B' CinemaScore. The PG-13 release has also earned an additional $25.4 million from international crowds.

Those little MINIONS were in third place with $22.1 million as the DESPICABLE ME prequel has reached a $261.6 million domestic total after three weekends in theaters. The jabbering yellow henchmen's effort to take over the world finds them with a $759 million global total.

Amy Schumer's R-rated comedy TRAINWRECK was in fourth with $17.3 million, with the Judd Apatow production down only 42% from last weekend's opening. Its 10-day total is at $61.5 million on a reported $30 million budget.

Fighting its way to fifth was the new Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama SOUTHPAW with a $16.5 million opening. The R-rated movie from director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY, THE EQUALIZER) got Jake in beastly shape but got a mixed critical response of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences cheered the ring redemption with an 'A' CinemaScore.

In sixth was the new teen drama PAPER TOWNS with an opening of $12.5 million. The latest John Green adaptation didn't quite reach the heights of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS' initial success (it opened with $48 million last June and went on to $307 million worldwide), but the movie only cost a reported $12 million and has made $28.5 million worldwide so far. Critics were cool to the coming-of-age tale (58% on Rotten Tomatoes) and crowds gave it a 'B+' CinemaScore.

Pixar's INSIDE OUT was sorting memories in seventh with $7.3 million (it's up to $550 million worldwide), followed by the summer smash JURASSIC WORLD in eighth with $6.9 million as the dinosaur park's success has overtaken THE AVENGERS on both the domestic and worldwide all-time charts.

Sir Ian McKellan's senior Sherlock moved up a spot to ninth with $2.8 million for MR. HOLMES (still on just 686 screens), while TERMINATOR GENISYS looks headed for the scrapyard (albeit with $305 million worldwide).

Outside the chart, the horror cheapie THE GALLOWS disappeared along with sequels TED 2 and MAGIC MIKE XXL. The new found-footage exorcism flick THE VATICAN TAPES only scared up $850k on 427 screens.

Next weekend has Tom Cruise back with more stunt-filled espionage in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION, and Ed Helms takes over for Chevy Chase as head of a new Griswold VACATION (on Wednesday). Limited releases include the drama THE END OF THE TOUR.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Ant-Man $24.7 M $106 M
2. Pixels $24 M
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3. Minions $22.1 M $261.6 M
4. Trainwreck $17.3 M $61.5 M
5. Southpaw $16.5 M
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6. Paper Towns $12.5 M
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7. Inside Out $7.3 M $320.3 M
8. Jurassic World $6.9 M $623.8 M
9. Mr. Holmes $2.8 M $6.4 M
10. Terminator: Genisys $2.4 M $85.6 M

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8:27AM on 07/27/2015

What?

How the FUCK does 'Southpaw' only have a 58% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Did the critics see a different movie?
How the FUCK does 'Southpaw' only have a 58% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Did the critics see a different movie?
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6:11AM on 07/27/2015
I did the math. Phase 3 has ten movies and if Phases 4 and 5 have a total of twenty movies then they would include Ant Man 2-3, Doctor Strange 2-3, Black Panther 2-3, Ms. Marvel 2-3, Inhumans 2-3, Hulk 2-3 and Guardians 3 leaving seven more movies which would be made up of perhaps as many as four Spider-Man movies plus a few movies focusing on the team of Black Widow, Bucky, Falcon, Vision, Scarlet Witch and War Machine.

Some sort of reboot in Phase 6 will be necessary: either they will
I did the math. Phase 3 has ten movies and if Phases 4 and 5 have a total of twenty movies then they would include Ant Man 2-3, Doctor Strange 2-3, Black Panther 2-3, Ms. Marvel 2-3, Inhumans 2-3, Hulk 2-3 and Guardians 3 leaving seven more movies which would be made up of perhaps as many as four Spider-Man movies plus a few movies focusing on the team of Black Widow, Bucky, Falcon, Vision, Scarlet Witch and War Machine.

Some sort of reboot in Phase 6 will be necessary: either they will go the Young Avengers route or they will recast Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel and the Vision and give each of them a new trilogy of movies. They could do both I suppose. They might want to recast Spider-Man again though because the current one won't be a kid any more. They might want to make a few Sub-Mariner movies. There. That would account for Phases 6-8.

Presumably they will do what they did in the comics and keep telling similar stories about the same characters and ignore the fact that the characters should be in their 80s or 90s by now, just like they do with James Bond.
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5:35AM on 07/27/2015
Ant Man is riding between Thor numbers and Hulk numbers. [link]
Ant Man is riding between Thor numbers and Hulk numbers. [link]
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4:29AM on 07/27/2015
Southpaw was excellent, a definite Oscar nod for Jake Gyllenhaal
Southpaw was excellent, a definite Oscar nod for Jake Gyllenhaal
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9:13PM on 07/26/2015

I'm not gonna lie

I was starting to feel Marvel fatigue after Age of Ultron, but Ant-Man was a really fun time. Also, my lady didn't stop me 50 times during the movie to explain what the fuck was going on. Hoping Civil War is as refreshing.
I was starting to feel Marvel fatigue after Age of Ultron, but Ant-Man was a really fun time. Also, my lady didn't stop me 50 times during the movie to explain what the fuck was going on. Hoping Civil War is as refreshing.
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9:03PM on 07/26/2015
Ant-Man was fun & it exceeded my expectations big time, it was definitely better than Age of Ultron, talk about the perfect metaphor, the "little" movie that could win 2 weeks in a row.

Glad to see Jurassic World pass The Avengers, still my favorite movie of the summer so far. I don't care what the haters & reviews say I'll still see Pixels because of the nostalgic factor, I grew up on those games.
Ant-Man was fun & it exceeded my expectations big time, it was definitely better than Age of Ultron, talk about the perfect metaphor, the "little" movie that could win 2 weeks in a row.

Glad to see Jurassic World pass The Avengers, still my favorite movie of the summer so far. I don't care what the haters & reviews say I'll still see Pixels because of the nostalgic factor, I grew up on those games.
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8:55PM on 07/26/2015
I call this a SMALL victory! I hope Antman has staying power because it truly was a lot of fun.
I call this a SMALL victory! I hope Antman has staying power because it truly was a lot of fun.
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8:50PM on 07/26/2015
Glad to see Ant-Man still going strong, although Pixels came very close to take it down.
Glad to see Ant-Man still going strong, although Pixels came very close to take it down.
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6:29PM on 07/26/2015
Glad to see Rudd's AntMan is staying strong. I'm more curious to see what the people that hold the Terminator rights are saying about their awful take on the franchise.
Glad to see Rudd's AntMan is staying strong. I'm more curious to see what the people that hold the Terminator rights are saying about their awful take on the franchise.
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5:37AM on 07/27/2015
Terminator: Genysis wasn't that bad. HOWEVER I have heard complaints from people who have never seen a Terminator movie before that the movie doesn't make any sense to them.
Terminator: Genysis wasn't that bad. HOWEVER I have heard complaints from people who have never seen a Terminator movie before that the movie doesn't make any sense to them.
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4:46PM on 07/26/2015
LOL, Southpaw beat out Paper Towns and it was playing in less theaters.
LOL, Southpaw beat out Paper Towns and it was playing in less theaters.
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4:07PM on 07/26/2015
Went to see Southpaw this wknd, and it was a good movie. I highly recommend it to those who haven't seen it yet.
Went to see Southpaw this wknd, and it was a good movie. I highly recommend it to those who haven't seen it yet.
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