Sony's Pixels bowed in first place on Friday with $9.2 million. Unfortunately, that falls well short of early summer expectations which had pegged recent nostalgia-driven box office successes to also drive the Adam Sandler-led adaptation of Patrick Jean's innovative short film. Pixels was 37 percent behind the pace of Pacific Rim on opening day, as well as 36 percent below the first Grown Ups' bow and slightly ahead of Battleship's $8.8 million opening day. Word of mouth is heading in the wrong direction as well, claiming a "B" CinemaScore and a 59 percent Flixster user grade this morning (on top of critics' 19 percent Rotten Tomatoes score). The $88 million production budget of the film means a decent overseas performance could carry the pic in the long run, but that remains to be seen. Sony itself is projecting a $25 million opening weekend, which would likely put it in first place.
In second place, Ant-Man was off 68 percent from opening day last week to $7.234 million yesterday. With $88.54 million in the domestic bank through eight days, the pic is trending 8.5 percent ahead of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 11 percent behind 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. BoxOffice projects a $23.5 million sophomore weekend.
Minions claimed third place on Friday with $6.7 million, down 54 percent from the same day last week. The prequel's 15-day domestic total stands at $246.2 million, on par with Despicable Me 2's $246.1 million through the same point. Universal is projecting a $22.2 million third frame.
Debuting in fourth place, Paper Towns earned $6.325 million on Friday (including Thursday's early shows). That's slightly below the $6.83 million first day of last August's young adult drama If I Stay, and represents nearly one-quarter of The Fault In Our Stars' $26.06 million first day. The film's low production budget means this is still a win for Fox. Early word of mouth is moderate with a 72 percent Flixster score (Fault had 93 percent one day after; Stay boasted 75 percent), while critics have awarded it a 60 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. BoxOffice projects a $13.9 million debut weekend.
Filling out the top five, Southpaw debuted stronger than expected with $6.2 million yesterday. Early word of mouth is generally healthy with its 80 percent Flixster user score, despite critics giving it just 58 percent. BoxOffice projects a $16.8 million weekend.
Meanwhile, Trainwreck eased 51 percent from opening day last week to $5.3 million yesterday. That gives the Amy Schumer comedy an eight-day haul of $49.55 million, 10.5 percent ahead of the pace of Bridesmaids and 5.5 percent behind Knocked Up. Universal projects a $16.9 million sophomore frame.
Last but not least, Inside Out added $2.196 million (off 35 percent from last Friday) to bring its domestic take up to $315.2 million as it heads toward a $7.5 million weekend; all the while, Jurassic World tacked on another $2 million on Friday, giving it $618.9 million domestically up to this point as it moves in on surpassing the first Avengers' $623.3 million (likely Sunday, but Monday at the latest). World should take in around $6.7 million this weekend, according to Universal.