Cartoons at the box office: “Ant-Man” is still up and at ’em, but not Adam Sandler

It’s a close one for #1 this weekend at the box office, but once again, the world’s smallest hero (that isn’t Atom Ant or the Atom) has triumphed. “Ant-Man” earned $24.8 million at the box office, dropping 56.7% from last weekend. Its totals now stand at $106.1 million domestic and $226.5 million globally.

Barely behind in second place is the critically flamed Adam Sandler film “Pixels,” which has a 19% Rotten Tomatoes rating. This ripoff of a “Futurama” episode opened with $24 million, a disappointment given Sandler’s one-time box office power and the “video games!” premise. Presumably, the film’s producers will be relying on overseas box office in the end (the film cost $88 million to produce).

In third place is “Minions,” which made another $22.1 million (-55.1%). Its totals now stand at $261.6 million domestic and $759.4 million globally. It’s now surpassed the original “Despicable Me”‘s domestic gross.

In seventh place (behind newcomers “Southpaw” and “Paper Towns”) is “Inside Out,” which made another $7.4 million (-36.3%). Its totals stand at $320.3 million domestic and $550.1 million globally.

In eighth place is “Jurassic World.” Everyone’s all-time favorite featherless dinosaur movie took in another $6.9 million (-39.8%). The film’s totals now stand at $623.8 million domestic and $1.542 billion globally. It’s now the third highest grossing film of all time (surpassing “The Avengers”), behind James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic” in #1 and #2 respectively. Domestically, “World” could have a shot at surpassing “Titanic” for #2, if it somehow pulls in another $35 million, but given the dropping box office and upcoming film competition, that seems doubtful.

In tenth place is “Terminator: Genisys,” pulling in another $2.4 million (-55.6%). Its totals stand at $85.7 million domestic and $305 million globally. Despite flopping domestically, pulling in 72% of its box office overseas probably means Arnold (and this franchise) “will be back.”

Dropping out of the top 10 is “Ted 2,” which has ended up with $79.6 million dollars domestically and $153.6 million globally. “Ted 2” has bested its $68 million budget, but it won’t be cracking $100 million in North America. Apparently, audiences really did decide “better ‘World’ than ‘Ted’.”

Next weekend sees opening two more needless sequels: “Vacation,” a sequel to the classic Chevy Chase comedy “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” the Tom Cruise film that at this point has zero to do with the classic TV show it’s named after.

Variety notes the box office this weekend was the weakest it’s been since late April, and down 5% from this weekend a year ago.

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