'Minions' Returns to First on Thursday with $2.82M; 'Ant-Man' Remains #2 with $2.71M; 'Vacation' Falls to Third with $2.50MJuly 31, 2015 01:21 PM

by Daniel Garris

Minions was up two spots from Wednesday to lead the daily box office on Thursday with $2.82 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was unchanged from Wednesday and down a solid 41 percent from last Thursday. Minions placed in second for the week with $35.67 million. That represented a sizable 51 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's three-week total to a very impressive $275.19 million.

Disney's Ant-Man held steady in second place with $2.71 million. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel fell 10 percent from Wednesday and 42 percent from last Thursday as the film clearly took a hit from the evening launch of Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Ant-Man was the week's top film with a weekly take of $38.22 million. The film was down 53 percent from its opening week performance and continues to run towards the lower end of expectations with a solid two-week start of $119.53 million.

Vacation was down two spots and 34.5 percent from its opening day performance to land in third with $2.50 million. The comedy franchise re-launch from Warner Bros. has grossed a modest $6.32 million in its first two days. That is below pre-release expectations and places the film an underwhelming 45 percent behind the $11.49 million two-day midweek start of 2013's We're the Millers. At its current pace, Vacation appears headed for a soft five-day start in the area of $20 million.

Sony's Pixels took in $2.25 million to remain in fourth place. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy declined 6 percent from Wednesday. Pixels placed in third for the week with a lackluster seven-day start of $35.21 million. The film is currently running 41 percent behind the $59.52 million seven-day gross of 2013's Grown Ups 2, which is especially disappointing when considering that Pixels has the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions.

Universal's Trainwreck rounded out Thursday's top five with $1.84 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy was down 8 percent from Wednesday and down 41 percent from last Thursday. Trainwreck took fourth place for the week with $25.76 million. That represented a 42 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a strong $70.01 million.

Southpaw and Paper Towns rounded out their first week of release with respective sixth place and seventh place takes of $1.50 million and $1.33 million. The Weinstein Company's Southpaw fell 7 percent from Wednesday, while Fox's Paper Towns was down 6 percent. Southpaw exceeded expectations this week with a fifth place seven-day take of $22.56 million. Paper Towns opened well below expectations with a soft sixth place seven-day start of $17.88 million, though it should be noted that Paper Towns carried the smaller production budget between the two films.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 4 - Sun, Feb. 6

Wide (1000+)

1The Roommate$15,002,635--2,534--$5,921$15,002,6351Sony / Screen Gems
3No Strings Attached$8,004,834-40%3,05028$2,625$51,392,7053Paramount
4The King's Speech$7,712,353-30%2,58427$2,985$83,527,54411Weinstein Company
5The Green Hornet$5,966,229-47%3,033-491$1,967$87,088,6224Sony / Columbia
6The Rite$5,589,311-62%2,9850$1,872$23,701,5342Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Mechanic$5,295,253-54%2,7041$1,958$20,005,5192CBS Films
8True Grit (2010)$4,640,139-38%2,902-218$1,599$154,902,5417Paramount
9Black Swan$3,373,851-34%1,977-338$1,707$95,861,70810Fox Searchlight
10The Dilemma$3,282,555-42%2,545-360$1,290$45,574,0254Universal
11The Fighter$2,838,173-28%1,662-252$1,708$82,400,7389Paramount
12Yogi Bear$2,249,382-29%1,807-326$1,245$95,367,3298Warner Bros.
14TRON: Legacy$1,363,991-46%1,040-465$1,312$168,758,2388Disney
15Little Fockers$1,239,980-52%1,355-696$915$146,542,2857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1127 Hours$1,348,746-37%899-17$1,500$15,679,19514Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$786,441-34%45035$1,748$7,268,8466Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$748,852-33%2615$2,869$2,097,4232Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Biutiful$641,72040%179120$3,585$1,426,1426Roadside Attractions
5Country Strong$617,047-52%948-339$651$19,817,1827Sony / Screen Gems
6The Company Men$548,925-18%23120$2,376$2,298,8913Weinstein Company
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$532,819-40%514-218$1,037$102,563,8149Fox
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$469,338-35%495-158$948$41,607,4527Fox
9Another Year$443,58944%236145$1,880$1,645,6066Sony Pictures Classics
10Barney's Version$423,333-19%1201$3,528$2,905,0654Sony Pictures Classics
11Megamind$380,437-23%290-10$1,312$147,459,54114Paramount / DreamWorks
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$373,378-38%365-100$1,023$292,761,21412Warner Bros.
13Season of the Witch$284,126-63%492-618$577$24,242,0555Relativity Media
14The Social Network$245,226-45%294-73$834$96,398,57019Sony / Columbia
15The Tourist$161,017-55%231-197$697$66,848,6739Sony / Columbia
16The Way Back$141,810-73%145-450$978$2,532,6833Newmarket Films
17Unstoppable (2010)$127,893-38%202-48$633$81,201,19713Fox
18Rabbit Hole$122,682-29%1317$937$1,723,7008Lionsgate
19Burlesque$87,768-41%178-60$493$39,440,65511Sony / Screen Gems
20Fair Game (2010)$52,847251%149109$355$9,474,14514Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Illusionist (2010)$186,66839%6843$2,745$766,3127Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$120,815-7%501$2,416$21,417,43347Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$59,933-46%46-14$1,303$1,604,0867Focus
4Under the Sea 3D$43,874-19%160$2,742$26,975,986104Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Inside Job$38,896-66%79-171$492$3,884,83118Sony Pictures Classics
6Winter's Bone$37,71125%347$1,109$6,356,50335Roadside Attractions
7Casino Jack$37,540-36%39-10$963$894,5408IDP/ATO Pictures
8The Salvation Poem$36,552713%42$9,138$556,95817CanZion Films
9Faster (2010)$33,649-50%87-27$387$23,225,91111CBS Films
11Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$31,236-49%211$1,487$111,3572Variance Films
12Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$28,206-72%42-33$672$566,3793UTV Communications
13Love and Other Drugs$26,473-61%46-71$576$32,329,93411Fox
14The Heart Specialist$18,318-79%56-63$327$1,096,2884Freestyle
15I Love You Phillip Morris$18,261-59%39-10$468$1,917,32710Roadside Attractions
16Made in Dagenham$17,617-34%41-1$430$968,58412Sony Pictures Classics
17Yamla Pagla Deewana$17,447-73%840$208$988,6874Eros International
18The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,37136%107$1,637$58,0773IFC Films
19Kaboom$16,25819%21$8,129$34,5202IFC Films
20Get Low$16,0713%601$268$9,156,05528Sony Pictures Classics
21Space Station 3D$15,72715%53$3,145$82,690,017460IMAX
22Cold Weather$14,513--1--$14,513$14,5131IFC Films
23All Good Things$10,577-48%15-8$705$523,21210Magnolia Pictures
24Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$10,237100%51$2,047$394,34617Zeitgeist Films
25Waiting for Forever$8,917--3--$2,972$8,9171Freestyle
26Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$8,440--2--$4,220$74,1367Saint Juste International
27What If...$7,733-57%50$1,547$806,86925Five & Two Pictures
28Waste Land$7,488111%41$1,872$131,72115Arthouse Films
29The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$7,292-40%13-9$561$5,183,36415Music Box
31The Other Woman (2011)$6,224--2--$3,112$6,2241IFC
32Tiny Furniture$6,170-42%12-1$514$373,74313IFC
33Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,84630%32$1,949$78,6945First Run Features
34Deep Sea 3D$5,137-15%30$1,712$44,003,372258Warner Bros. / IMAX
35How I Ended This Summer$4,968--1--$4,968$4,9681Film Movement
36Night Catches Us$4,805118%3-1$1,602$72,79210Magnolia
37Every Day$4,510244%2-2$2,255$22,9424Image Entertainment
38The Time That Remains$4,060--2--$2,030$24,2655IFC
39Summer Wars$4,043-33%41$1,011$78,1827GKIDS
40Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0012%20$2,001$23,516,632175National Geographic
41Animal Kingdom$3,813-38%4-7$953$1,036,51926Sony Pictures Classics
42Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$3,734240%31$1,245$97,01633Kino International
43Into Eternity$3,530--1--$3,530$4,6791International Film Circuit
44My Dog Tulip$3,396-23%3-1$1,132$199,74823New Yorker Films
46When We Leave (Die Fremde)$2,943-51%20$1,472$11,5672Olive Films
47Bhutto$2,772-67%3-1$924$79,20710First Run Features
49Four Lions$2,254-67%6-2$376$298,70114Drafthouse Films
50Tamara Drewe$2,20134%3-3$734$557,53118Sony Pictures Classics
51The Tempest$2,093-62%5-4$419$273,7129Disney
52Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$1,735--2--$868$39,64813Film Desk
53The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,717-50%2-2$859$710,62927National Geographic
54Marwencol$1,707-46%2-4$854$92,33318Cinema Guild
55Kings of Pastry$1,5942%20$797$305,24321First Run
56Nenette$1,360-22%2-1$680$13,0507Kino International
57William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,294162%1-1$1,294$46,38012Oscilloscope
58You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,11492%30$371$3,247,81620Sony Pictures Classics
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$905814%10$905$549,88024Music Box
60The Strange Case of Angelica$842--1--$842$33,1936Cinema Guild
61A Somewhat Gentle Man$837-58%10$837$8,2714Strand Releasing
62Zenith$75416%40$189$7,86219Cinema Purgatorio
63Enemies of the People$666-48%2-2$333$60,62128International Film Circuit
64The Woodmans$607-93%1-2$607$27,3323Lorber Films
65The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$498--1--$498$142,36444International Film Circuit
66Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$492-56%1-1$492$63,55815Variance Films
67The Girl Who Played With Fire$323--2--$162$7,638,24131Music Box
68Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$291--1--$291$24,96414Variance Films
69Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$262-49%20$131$274,52323Music Box
70The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$173--1--$173$10,094,77047Music Box
71Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$66--1--$66$15,5814Kino International