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Ant-Man Shrinks Expectations; Trainwreck Stays On Track; Pixels Is 8-Bit Bust - Weeks 12 & 13

Jurassic World
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Inside Out
Pitch Perfect 2

Things can change a lot over two weeks time. Nations can go to war, rain forests can burn, new people with no chance can run for president, Pitbull can release a song. But in our movie pool? Can things really change that quickly? You might think not, yet sure things aren't looking quite as sure and carrying a tune seems to mean a lot more than anyone thought it would.

Ant-Man is considered by Marvel Studios to the be the final Phase 2 film in their series. Maybe stopping with Avengers: Age of Ultron would have ended on a higher note. While Ant-Man opened with a non-microscopic $57.2 million, it was almost $40 million behind what the "new" Marvel film opened with last summer, Guardians of the Galaxy. While it followed a similar "fun" action/comedy vibe, Ant-Man wasn't able to be as out-of-this-world in the box-office receipts. Though certainly not a flop, it's total is more in line with several of the un-Marvel Studios films such as X-Men: First Class, the Jessica Alb-tastic Fantastic Four movies, and The Wolverine. Though not a flop, not excelsior.

Ant-Man's second weekend drop of 56% shows there wasn't word-of-antennae to muscle the flick into Giant-Man territory. It's a bugger as the film was a lot more entertaining than Ultron's over-long, over-destructive delivery. When all's said and done, it might be the smaller movie that's re-watched more than the oddly placed Beauty and the Beast storyline from Avengers 2.

Trainwreck was anything but for Amy Schumer and more importantly director/producer Judd Apatow who's Midas touch had been a little rusty lately. Showing Melissa McCarthy there's more than one female comic who can open a movie, Amy's Trainwreck debuted to $30.1 million. That's a lot of tickets to ride!

Trainwreck continued averting disaster in its second weekend dropping only 40%. Hopefully, this success will keep Amy Schumer hungry and continue to produce the high-level of comedy we've come to expect of her. Sadly, we all know it's only a matter of time before she's in a movie battling aliens coming to destroy the earth dressed as boy band members. Harry and Zayn, no!!!

Speaking of someone who's become a little long in the tooth to continue producing the high-level of comedy we've come to expect, enter Adam Sandler. While Pixels may have several moments that will bring misty eyes to any former arcader, there's still all the other moments that seem to be the same from every other Adam Sandler comedy. While Just Go With It was released in 2011, he's really been more or less "just going with it" since Big Daddy in '99. Pixels opened with $24 million which is up from last year's disaster Blended ($14.3 million), yet even below his infamously razzed Jack and Jill ($25 million). When Adam Sandler in drag is a bigger draw than Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and Galaga? That's when it's Game Over.

Meanwhile, it seems Minionese isn't the language people are using when telling others what they thought of Minions. The Twinkie-shaped guys have had their creamy filling squished out after falling 55% each of their last two weekends. Compare that to Inside Out's smaller 40% declines and you can see which movie uses its head and which one only wanted your wallet. While Universal could care less after making $261.6 million in three weeks, it should pinch itself at some point and realize Minions is going to finish with less than Despicable Me 2's $368 million total despite Minions opening with $30 million more. Maybe if they'd even tried using three of the five parts of Inside Out's brain, they'd have had an even bigger hit on their hand.

Onto another hit Universal film, however, and Jurassic World has now even surpassed 2012's The Avengers total with $623.8 million. Beating not just one Avengers movie but two? That's beast mode. Now if only the nostalgia of 1993 could work for Arnold Schwarzenegger, you might see the news of The Last Action World going into production any day now.

With Minions climbing into the Top Five, that meant Mad Max: Fury Road finally stalled out. Can anything catch the low hanging fruit of Pitch Perfect 2? My guess is Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation and Fantastic Four are the only two who have a chance and neither one is a sure thing. However, if music is what's capturing people's attention, we know one of those films has a catchy theme song and it's not the one that has a monster of rock.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Jurassic World - $623.8 million
#2. Avengers: Age of Ultron - $456.6 million
#3. Inside Out - $320.3 million
#4. Minions - $261.6 million
#5. Pitch Perfect 2 - $183.8 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 07/26/2015

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Minions, Pitch Perfect 2, Pixels, Trainwreck
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