This week we had three big releases, a sci-fi comedy, sports drama and coming of age film, but which came out on top?
Here are the TOP 5 at the US Domestic Box Office this past weekend:
1) ANT-MAN - $24.7 Million
Marvel's Ant-Man thankfully stayed in it's number one spot for it's second weekend only dropping around 50%. Good word of mouth and repeat viewings will do Ant-Man some good business in the long run. It may have had lowest opening for a Marvel film since The Incredible Hulk in 2008 but Marvel should not be disappointed with these results. Ant-Man was never going to do Avengers type numbers, whilst it brought in much of the Marvel fanbase, a lot of mainstream movie goers may have judged the movie solely on it's unappealing title. The film has now grosses $226 Million worldwide.
2) PIXELS - $24 Million
Adam Sandler's latest critical bomb was the videogame invasion film; Pixels. Earlier this week the reviews came out for the film and they weren't good....at all. The film dropped as low as 10% on the Tomatoemeter and now stands at 18%. The film releases in the UK in early August so I have yet to see the film. Box Office wise though, this is not unimpressive. Of course I have no doubt that if the film had been reviewed better, it would have opened a little higher, the worldwide appeal along with a good dose of nostalgia could have made this a huge success but I guess when the word got out about the film's quality, a lot of movie goers were put off. The film has a budget of $88 Million and will most likely break even.
3) MINIONS - $22.1 Million
Minions yet again proves to be a massive hit, coming in third but with an impressive $22.1 Million in it's third week and is still the #1 movie worldwide for the three weeks. The film has already made $759 Million worldwide and will most likely make $1 Billion by the year's end.
4) TRAINWRECK - $17.3 Million
Trainwreck which opened last weekend maintains a strong box office, dropping only 42% from last weekend's $30 Million take. Trainwreck hits UK theaters August 14th.
5) SOUTHPAW - $16.5 Million
Jake Gyllenhaal's latest dramatic triumph opened to mix reviews but overperformed at the Box Office. Many saw Southpaw opening in sixth with the new film Paper Towns taking the #5 spot but in fact it was the exact opposite. On a budget of $30 Million, the movie is sure to be successful. If you haven't yet checked out Southpaw, this is one I highly recommend.
Paper Towns from the same author as The Fault In Our Stars didn't prove to be as successful as that film only opening in sixth place with $12.5 Million which is still impressive when opening in sixth. The film peaked with it's Friday take of $6.3 Million and dropped considerably to $3.5 Million on Saturday. The film received mixed reviews but has not yet opened here in the UK, the film hits the UK August 21st.
What movies did you see over the weekend? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @JamesPorter97
Let me know your predictions for next week's Box Office as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Vacation both hit US Theaters this week!