Marvel's Ant-Man took the top spot at the box office when it hit theaters last weekend, taking in $58 million. While it kept the studio's streak of 12 consecutive movies opening at #1, it was the second-lowest opening weekend in the studio's history, behind 2008's The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 million). This weekend, Ant-Man and the rest of the holdovers take on three vastly different contenders, Sony's video game themed comedy Pixels, 20th Century Fox's young adult drama Paper Towns and The Weinstein Company's boxing drama Southpaw, two of which will likely out-gross Ant-Man.
The PG-13 comedy Pixels, which stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad, looks to take the top spot away from Ant-Man with just over $40 million. The movie, based on a 2010 short film by Patrick Jean, features a number of classic video game characters who are brought to life by an alien race to attack Earth. Pixels will open in 3,723 theaters starting today, the highest rollout of the new releases this weekend, and just under Ant-Man's 3,868 theater count. Pixels isn't faring well with the nation's critics, with just a 17% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but none of the other new releases boast "Fresh" ratings on the site either.
The race for second place will be a close one between Ant-Man and Paper Towns, but we think the superhero movie will take second place with $27 million, with Paper Towns, adapted from John Green's young adult novel, opening in third place with $26.8 million. Paper Towns opens in 3,031 theaters, with a 58% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just 2% below the coveted "Fresh" rating. Paper Towns looks to debut significantly lower than John Green's 2014 adaptation The Fault in Our Stars, which opened with $48 million last summer. Unlike The Fault in Our Stars, which had the star-power of Shailene Woodley, Paper Towns is lead by two largely-unproven actors, Cara Delevingne, who next appears in Suicide Squad, and Nat Wolff, a supporting actor in The Fault in Our Stars.
Minions will drop to fourth place with approximately $24 million, with Trainwreck taking fifth place with $18.4 million. Southpaw will open in sixth place, likely taking in between $13 million and $14 million. The boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Antoine Fuqua opens in 2,772 theaters this weekend. There are also three films opening in limited release this weekend, The Vatican Tapes, debuting in just under 500 theaters, along with Phoenix and Samba, both opening in just 2 theaters. The Vatican Tapes has a chance at cracking the top 10 if it performs well in this limited rollout, but we'll have to wait and see when the estimates are released on Sunday.
Next week features the comedy remake Vacation debuting on Wednesday and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation arriving on Friday in wide release. There are also two other notable films debuting in limited release, the documentary A Lego Brickumentary and The End of the Tour, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel. Check back next Friday for our predictions, but until then take a look at this weekend's predicted box office results.
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