Marvel's Ant-Man still on top at North American box office

Marvel action flick Ant-Man kept its perch atop the United States box office over the weekend.
Marvel action flick Ant-Man kept its perch atop the United States box office over the weekend.PHOTO: MARVEL STUDIOS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Marvel action flick Ant-Man kept its perch atop the United States box office over the weekend, edging out retro videogame comedy Pixels in North American ticket sales, industry data showed Monday.

Starring Paul Rudd as superhero Scott Lang, Ant-Man pulled in more than US$24.9 million (S$34 million), less than half what it took in its opening last week.

Pixels, in which star Adam Sandler fights off a videogame-inspired alien invasion, made it to the number two spot its first weekend out with a US$24 million take, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Pushed down a notch to third place was animated comedy Minions, a prequel to the Despicable Me series featuring its tiny, yellow mischief-making creatures. It reaped just over US$22.9 million its third week in theaters.

Trainwreck, a bawdy romantic comedy starring comedienne Amy Schumer, dropped to fourth its second weekend in theaters, bringing in nearly US$17.3 million. Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer at the end of his bruising career, made its debut over the weekend, with a respectable US$16.7 million box office take that put it in fifth place.

Also making its debut was sixth place Paper Towns, a road trip mystery movie based on the young adult novel by John Green, which made US$12.7 million. The Disney animated flick Inside Out slipped to seventh, netting US$7.4 million its sixth week in North American theaters.

Jurassic World continued pulling in moviegoers, scoring another US$7.2 million for eighth place on its seventh weekend for a cumulative total of US$624.1 million. Worldwide, it has pulled in more than US$1.522 billion to become the third biggest global hit of all times, according to Exhibitor Relations.

Rounding out the top 10 were Mr Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes, which advanced to ninth place with US$2.9 million in ticket sales, and sci-fi action flick Terminator: Genisys, which brings back Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role, in tenth at US$2.4 million.