Pixels: Chris Columbus’ Tale of Alien Invasion

Sony’s Pixels, which screened at 2,776 sites on Friday, is expected to lead a crowded field this weekend with a launch of around $25 million at 3,723 locations.

Directed by Christopher Columbus, the film portrays an alien invasion of classic arcade game characters such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Space Invaders.

It carries an $88 million price tag.

Sandler stars alongside Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad. “Pixels,” which also opens in 47 international markets, will probably battle the second weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and the third frame of Universal-Illumination’s “Minions” for the top spot.