The video-game themed, alien-invasion movie Pixels was the top movie on Friday, beating Jake Gyllenhaal?s Southpaw, Amy Schumer?s Trainwreck, and Paper Towns from author John Green. It generated $9.2 million on its opening day according to a report from Deadline.
The comedic movie gained good results following a number of terrible reviews from Rotten Tomato critics. Despite Rotten Tomatoes review of an astonishing zero during its early announcement, it earned enough to top the box office on its opening day.
Pixels now gained an 8% increase making it a total of 18% on the Tomatometer. The average rating of the movie also increased from 3.4 to 3.8, still making it a bad review. The audience also scored a 58% from Rotten Tomatoes making an average of 3.3 out of 5.
Metacritic also gave it a score of 27, giving generally unfavorable reviews based on 34 critics. But the fact of the matter is, Adam Sandler?s movie still kept its cool and would be on track for $25 million on its weekend according to Variety.
Deadline also mentioned that the movie would trickle down to second over the weekend, losing to Ant-Man. Engadget indicates that it doesn?t matter that Pixels will probably flop critically ? box office receipts will speak much louder than scathing reviews.
The comedy involves the attack and invasion of earth after aliens mistakenly took images of arcade games as signs of war from humans. Expert gamers must find a way to save earth and use their skills to defeat the invaders.
Pixels include all-time favorite game characters like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders. The cast also includes Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Jane Krakowski, Sean Bean, Brian Cox, Rob Archer, Rose Rollins, James Preston Rogers, and Affion Crockett.