Eighties video game nostalgia isn't as powerful as Sony/Columbia probably hoped. The Adam Sandler action comedy Pixels may have given last weekend's top earner Ant-man a run for the number one spot this week, but it's not much to get excited about when the new movie couldn't break $25 million.
Pixels's reported $88 million production budget might be modest by 2015 summer blockbuster standards, but it turned into a high bar for a movie that only made $24 million this weekend domestically and only slightly more than that internationally. Its reported opening total wasn't quite enough to top Ant-man's second weekend estimated earnings. Adding $24.7 million, the latest Marvel super hero took first place for a second weekend and passed the $100 million mark, but will have to settle for being the second lowest grossing Marvel Studios movie, just ahead of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and its $134 million total.
Director Antione Fuqua's newest movie Southpaw bowed in at fifth place with $16 million while Paper Towns, the first wide release opening for director Jake Schreier, banked $12 million for sixt place.
After just missing the top ten last week, Ian McKellen's turn in Mr. Holmes as an aging version of the world's most famous detective, pushed its way in. Expanding to around 685 venues, it added almost $3 million, sneaking into ninth place.
Jurassic World took in enough this weekend to push into third place on the all time domestic earners list. The only two movies to earn more were James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic. But, if you only count original releases, Jurassic World takes second place. Titanic's original 1997 release was only $600 million, adding the $58 million that gave it second place during its 2012 3D re-release.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: