To the surprise of no one, Adam Sandler’s career took another hit this weekend. He can deny it all he wants, but its clear his schtick has gotten old.
Sure, “Pixel”s may have beat the weekend’s other new releases, but with only $24 million for the weekend, the comedy failed to best Marvel’s most underrated hero, the Ant-Man.
In what turned out to be a close fight, Marvel’s tiny hero claimed the box office crown again in its second weekend with an estimated $24.8 million.However, that margin is close enough that the chart could change when final box office numbers come in later today. But even if “Ant-Man” drops to number two, it’s still a dismal debut for “Pixels” and Adam Sandler.
“Pixels” only earned a B CinemaScore, and with Sandler front and center, word-of-mouth is likely to be bad. The movie’s $24 million debut puts it in the middle of fellow Sandler flops like “Jack and Jill” ($25 million opening weekend) and “That’s My Boy” ($13 million opening weekend). A far cry from Sandler’s prime years.
I wonder if Netflix is having second thoughts about their deal?
The biggest box office surprise this weekend was “Southpaw,” a movie that wasn’t even expected to make the top five. But the Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing movie opened with a strong $16.5 million, well above early estimates that had it in the low teens. “Southpaw” was awarded an A Cinemascore.
The adult boxing drama was expected to open below “Paper Towns,” but the adaptation of John Green’s young adult novel fell short and only opened to $12.5 million. To be fair, “Paper Towns” was never expected to be as big of a hit as last summer’s other Green adaptation, “The Fault In Our Stars” (which opened to $48 million), but it was still expected to debut closer to $20 million. Add to that a B+ Cinmescore, and even the studio is shaking its head.