Weekend Box Office: ANT-MAN Defeats PIXELS

July 24-26 Estimated

Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man secured its second straight triumph with a $24.8 million haul as Adam Sandler’s video game comedy Pixels falters.

Turns out Ant-Man defeats three box office newbies because it was entertaining and fairly original for a Marvel film. Problem with Ant-Man is that you don’t want to watch it twice.

Problem with Pixels is that it looks expensive to make and 24 millions is bomb. Looks like people are starting to finally realize that Sandler isn’t funny anymore.

Both films competed for family love along with Minions, which looked like a great 30 minute premise that was stretched into an dumbed down film. Apparently, kids love it, but their parents don’t. I think that’s why the film is dissapearing fast.

The Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer‘s comedy Trainwreck was off 42% from last week’s $30 millions take, with an estimated $17.3 millions weekend and fourth place.

An uplifting boxing drama Southpaw, directed by Antoine Fuqua, opened to a better-than-expected $16.5 million and finished fifth. Jake Gyleenhaal does a lot of “acting,” not all of it good, but I can definitely see the movie having legs.

The coming-of-age drama Paper Towns took the No. 6 spot. The film was projected for $27 millions but it took an estimated $12.5 million, opening on 3,031 screens. They try to make happen British model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne as big movie star, but it’s not gonna happen.

Take a look at this weekend’s top-ten list based on studio estimates:

Weekend Box Office Estimates

Yeah, I’m happy for Ant-Man, but next weekend Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will take pole position. Next weekend also sees the release of Vacation and the limited release of the indie feature The End of the Tour.