'Pixels' and 'Paper Towns' Underwhelm, 'Southpaw' Does Surprisingly Well at Box Office 

click to enlarge One critic called the Chris Columbus directed 'Pixels' the "final nail in Adam Sandler's creative coffin." - SONY PICTURES
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  • One critic called the Chris Columbus directed 'Pixels' the "final nail in Adam Sandler's creative coffin."
In Pixels, Sony's new action-comedy movie starring, Adam Sandler and a host of other famous faces—including Kevin James and Peter Dinklage—must save the earth from aliens that are using 1980s video game characters to attack planet Earth.

cost Sony $88 million to produce but during its opening weekend, it only brought in about $24 million in box office receipts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sandler's "standing on the multiplex has been on the wane."

One critic even said the movie "puts the final nail in Adam Sandler's creative coffin."

Pixels wasn't the only movie that fell short of box office expectations this weekend. Paper Towns, a young-adult film likened to 2014's The Fault in Our Stars, was expected to bring in $20 million this weekend, but only pulled in $12.5 million. The Fault in Our Stars, on the other hand, brought in an impressive $48 million. 

However, Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a successful boxer with a messy personal life, did much better than expected at the box office this weekend. The title earned $16.5 million, beating Paper Town and drawing a strong turnout from women and ethnically diverse audiences. 

Trainwreck, now in its second week, also did well this weekend, despite the tragic shooting at a screening of the film in Louisiana on July 23. The gunman, John Russell Houser, bought a ticket for Trainwreck at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, LA, and 20 minutes in, opened fire. The 59-year-old shot 11 people, killing two and wounding nine, according to CNN.The Hollywood Reporter states that box-office analysts don't expect the shooting to have the same lingering effect on box office numbers as the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman killed 12 people during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises three years ago.

All in all, Ant-Man is still in the lead at box offices this weekend, earning another $24.7 million for a total of $106 million; Pixels came in second place at $24 million; Minions—now in week three—earned another $22 million; Trainwreck earned $17.2 million; Southpaw, $16.5 million; Paper Towns, $12.5 million; Inside Out, $7.3 million; and Jurassic World, which is in its seventh week, earned another $6.8 million and has overtaken The Avengers to become the third top-grossing film of all time domestically, with a total of $623.8 million. 
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