Weekend Wrap-Up

Minions Make Way for Ant-Man, and It’s No Trainwreck

By John Hamann

July 19, 2015

Why doesn't anyone believe me when I say my superhero name is Ant-Man?

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Despite lower totals, Magic Mike XXL is a success where Terminator: Genisys is a failure. The Magic Mike sequel earned $4.5 million, and while it fell 53%, it did bring its domestic total up to $58.6 million. At a cost of $14.5 million, and with an overseas take of $31 million, Magic Mike XXL is certainly profitable for Warner Bros.

The Gallows gets the noose in weekend two, but it’s not unexpected. The low budget horror flick earned $4 million and slid a hurtful 59%. While the drop may hurt, this one was made for a couple of hundred thousand and picked up by Warner Bros. for a couple of million. It has a domestic gross so far of $18 million, and has a picked up a few million overseas.

Ted 2, Universal’s lone miss of the summer, is pretty much de-fluffed at this point, as it earned only $2.7 million. It fell 52% and has a cumulative total of $77.5 million thus far, against a budget of $85 million.

Ian McKellan’s Mr. Holmes takes the 10th spot despite having only a 363 screen limited release. The Roadside Attractions film picked up $2.5 million, earning an average of $6,857. I would expect to see it on a few more screens next weekend.


Another Indian performs well this weekend, as Bajrangi Bhaijaan takes the 10th spot despite being out to only 256 screens. It earned $2.4 million and had a per screen average of $9,473.

Overall this weekend, things continue to sparkle at the overall box office. The top 12 films this weekend earned a very solid $185.3 million, thanks to a top three pulling more than $130 million. A year ago, the box office languished with two flops (Sex Tape, Planes: Fire & Rescue), earning only $134.9 million. In 2013, seven films earned more than $10 million, and the top 12 pulled in $181.1 million.

Next weekend brings three new releases. Paper Towns is the latest youth-oriented film drafted from a popular novel, which surprisingly isn’t dystopic. Is it a repeat of The Fault in our Stars? I don’t think so, but with kids these days, who knows. Also opening is Southpaw, the new boxing film with Jake Gyllenhaal that distributor Harvey Weinstein is very high on. Lastly, Adam Sandler is back, this time in Pixels, a video game sci-fi from director Chris Columbus. It would be nice if it didn’t suck, but we all probably know better.

Top Weekend Box Office for 7/17/15-7/19/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Ant-Man Disney $58,040,000 New $58,040,000
2 Minions Universal $50,244,705 - 57% $216,736,415
3 Trainwreck Universal $30,237,850 New $30,237,850
4 Inside Out Disney $11,660,000 - 34% $306,363,000
5 Jurassic World Universal $11,361,465 - 37% $611,135,300
6 Terminator: Genisys Paramount $5,400,000 - 61% $80,640,000
7 Magic Mike XXL WARNER BROS. $4,500,000 - 53% $58,636,000
8 The Gallows WARNER BROS. $4,005,000 - 59% $18,007,000
9 Ted 2 Universal $2,681,490 - 53% $77,438,350
10 Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros $2,500,000 New $2,500,000
11 Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions $2,400,000 New $2,400,000
12 Self/less Focus Features $2,292,000 - 58% $10,355,157
  Also Opening/Notables
  Irrational Man Sony Classics $188,115 New $188,115
  Boulevard Starz Digital $27,500 + 290% $31,742
  Amy A24 $1,097,940 - 39% $4,165,237
  Jimmy's Hall Sony Classics $61,777 + 58% $149,839
  Cartel Land The Orchard $123,756 + 24% $311,264
  Max WARNER BROS. $1,940,000 - 45% $37,916,000
  Spy Fox $1,500,000 - 51% $106,592,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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