Pixels (2015 film)

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Pixels is a 2015 science fiction comedy film[3][6] directed by Chris Columbus, written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, and produced by Columbus, Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, and Mark Radcliffe.[5] Based on the 2010 short film of the same name by Patrick Jean, the film stars Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox. Combining computer-animated video game characters and visual effects, the film follows an alien race misinterpreting video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, resulting in them invading Earth using technology inspired by 1980s games such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Arkanoid, Galaga, Centipede and Donkey Kong. To counter the invasion, the United States hires former arcade champions to lead the planet's defense. Principal photography on the film began on May 28, 2014, in Toronto; filming was completed in three months.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Columbus
Screenplay by
Story byTim Herlihy
Based onPixels
by Patrick Jean
Produced by
CinematographyAmir Mokri
Edited byHughes Winborne
Music byHenry Jackman
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes[2]
Budget$88–129 million[4][5]
Box office$244.9 million[5]

Produced by Columbus' 1492 Pictures and Sandler's Happy Madison Productions in association with LStar Capital and China Film Co. Ltd., Pixels was released theatrically in the United States on July 24, 2015, in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D formats, by Sony Pictures Releasing through its Columbia Pictures label. It received generally negative reviews and grossed $244 million worldwide against a production budget of between $88 million and $129 million, similar to other video game films, especially Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) and Need for Speed (2014).