Adam Sandler’s latest comedy, Pixels, has some critics calling for the actor/producer to stop making movies. Sitting at a 19% rating on RottenTomatoes, critics have labeled it lazy, childish, and a waste of time and money. ScreenRant says it’s “another shallow addition to Adam Sandler’s product line,” while Peter Sobczynski at RogerEbert.com says, “When one considers how good this material might have been if placed in the right hands, to see it squandered this way makes it almost more painful to view than the typical Sandler stinker.” Pre-release estimates had Pixels earning in the low $30 millions, however after the weekend receipts had been tallied it had to settle for a second place $24 million finish behind Marvel’s returning box office champion, Ant-Man.
New release Southpaw performed slightly better than pre-release estimates, but Paper Towns failed to do much business at the box office. Last year’s The Fault in Our Stars rang up $48 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend. Paper Towns, also based on a John Green novel, only brought in $12 million.