While it may not be setting the box office on fire, Marvel’s latest film continued to rule the top of the box office.
Ant-Man had a weak second weekend with a 56.7 percent drop from its opening. In the world of films anything over a 50 percent drop is considered bad news for the second weekend unless you had a monster opening. It still took the number one spot this week with $24.76 million to bring its domestic total up to $106 million off of a $130 million dollar budget. Globally it stands at $226.47 million, so it should easily sail past the $260 million industry standard benchmark to be considered a success.
Considering the savage beating Pixels took from critics – it’s at 19 percent from critics on Rotten Tomatoes – it’s a bit of a surprise to see it in the second slot this weekend. The latest Adam Sandler film took in $24 million off of an $88 million budget. No foreign reports yet, but it seems unlikely this is going to do much.
Minions fell to third place in its third weekend to take in $22.1 million. It now stands at $261.62 million domestically and $759.42 million globally off of a $74 million dollar budget. Despite word of mouth pointing to the film not being as much fun as many expected it to be, we somehow doubt Universal is too upset by these numbers. A second film in this sub-series of Despicable Me seems inevitable at this point.
Trainwreck continued to perform well and took in $17.3 million this weekend to land in fourth place. It now stands at $61.45 million off of a $35 million dollar budget and should easily make it to the $70 million profit mark.
Estimates were low for Southpaw, the new boxing movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal, but it ended up taking in $16.5 million this weekend and overshot the estimates a bit. It still has a way to go to cover its $30 million dollar budget, but word of mouth is good on it so far.