'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, Jan. 6 - Sun, Jan. 8

Wide (1000+)

1The Devil Inside$33,732,515--2,285--$14,763$33,732,5151Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$19,868,059-32%3,555100$5,589$169,568,9714Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$13,689,321-34%3,603-100$3,799$157,049,3824Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$11,364,714-23%2,95036$3,852$76,900,6283Sony / Columbia
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,496,913-42%3,425-299$2,773$111,585,3674Fox
6War Horse$8,679,470-40%2,783236$3,119$56,904,6823Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$8,305,797-37%3,1707$2,620$56,399,9063Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$6,727,740-41%3,006-81$2,238$62,008,0153Paramount
9The Darkest Hour$3,124,316-25%2,163-164$1,444$18,690,6053Summit
10New Year's Eve$3,107,343-51%1,864-361$1,667$51,868,1405Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,472,095-29%1,058-353$1,391$278,415,7338Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$1,358,289-49%1,236-305$1,099$85,561,1957Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$5,478,521405%809752$6,772$10,129,6705Focus
2The Descendants$2,584,137-24%737-21$3,506$43,960,7008Fox Searchlight
4Young Adult$1,281,347-39%830-157$1,544$14,747,8515Paramount
5The Sitter$1,154,859-31%758-590$1,524$28,722,9945Fox
6The Artist$1,120,111-15%1725$6,512$7,097,6127Weinstein Company
7My Week with Marilyn$827,327-11%584-46$1,417$10,458,3407Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$587,390-22%351-38$1,673$146,597,21511Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$303,85020%29542$1,030$77,198,42010Universal
10Happy Feet Two$226,987-43%285-240$796$61,356,5968Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$204,587-15%213-14$961$84,857,54514Disney / DreamWorks
12Moneyball$167,252-18%231-19$724$75,267,10516Sony / Columbia
13Jack and Jill$161,407-15%171-51$944$71,974,4939Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$158,7614%19110$831$34,311,60915Sony / TriStar
15In Time$115,35629%1329$874$37,238,31711Fox
16J. Edgar$110,346-55%152-303$726$36,862,1789Warner Bros.
17Arthur Christmas$102,644-85%280-1063$367$46,440,4917Sony / Columbia
18Dolphin Tale$95,346-37%149-39$640$72,165,81916Warner Bros.
19Immortals$89,374-29%128-100$698$82,851,9139Relativity Media
20Footloose (2011)$74,033-17%131-51$565$51,780,53713Paramount
21The Ides of March$71,199-15%114-29$625$40,962,53414Sony / Columbia
22A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$55,983-43%125-120$448$35,033,75910Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Dangerous Method$279,280-7%643$4,364$2,076,1787Sony Pictures Classics
2Shame$210,0595%45-10$4,668$2,366,6696Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$176,374-20%51$35,275$520,6692Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$109,972126%117$9,997$233,4112Focus
5Carnage (2011)$109,33817%153$7,289$530,5254Sony Pictures Classics
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$99,125-11%60$16,521$498,6693Warner Bros.
7A Separation$92,63856%63$15,440$198,0462Sony Pictures Classics
8Born to Be Wild 3D$87,537-2%45-4$1,945$15,327,37040Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Melancholia$87,15538%61-2$1,429$2,675,9139Magnolia Pictures
10Pina$83,02716%30$27,676$384,0683IFC Films
11Drive (2011)$56,208129%305$1,874$34,911,58517FilmDistrict
12The Way$55,496-2%503$1,110$4,266,62814Producers Distribution Agency
13Hubble 3D$36,477-57%183$2,027$30,568,71995Warner Bros. / IMAX
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$32,289241%75$4,613$90,6813FilmDistrict
15Margin Call$31,23432%301$1,041$5,300,73212Roadside Attractions
16The Help$28,247-26%50-15$565$169,556,17822Disney / DreamWorks
17The Skin I Live In$21,663-2%4214$516$3,085,78613Sony Pictures Classics
18Under the Sea 3D$21,171-24%93$2,352$30,358,715152Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Le Havre$19,952--18--$1,108$457,72012Janus Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,121--9--$2,125$4,493,845873D Entertainment
21The Women on the 6th Floor$19,05559%114$1,732$490,73314Strand Releasing
22Midnight in Paris$15,335-13%21-2$730$56,407,28334Sony Pictures Classics
23Martha Marcy May Marlene$13,77760%151$918$2,932,82512Fox Searchlight
24Take Shelter$11,20124%211$533$1,690,80715Sony Pictures Classics
25Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$10,652--1--$10,652$14,0081Cinema Guild
26Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$9,23380%92$1,026$262,41612Submarine Deluxe
27Like Crazy$7,438-22%15-15$496$3,388,21011Paramount Vantage
28The Conquest$5,805--6--$968$167,9419Music Box Films
29Young Goethe In Love$5,587195%72$798$109,16410Music Box Films
30Mozart's Sister$4,768-35%6-3$795$696,77721Music Box Films
31My Reincarnation$4,74856%30$1,583$62,99611Long Shot Factory
32The Lion King 3D$4,271-5%70$610$94,240,63517Disney
33Inni$4,163741%42$1,041$122,01011Cinema Purgatorio
34Outrage$3,740305%76$534$35,3366Magnolia / Magnet
35El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,732--1--$3,732$206,57224Alive Mind Cinema
36The Whale$3,631125%30$1,210$65,12118Paladin
37The Guard$3,31629%117$301$5,341,47124Sony Pictures Classics
38Roadie (2010)$2,661--1--$2,661$2,6611Magnolia Pictures
39Paul Goodman Changed My Life$2,497341%10$2,497$29,48812Zeitgeist Films
40Garbo: The Spy$2,334-14%20$1,167$24,5678First Run Features
41Eames: The Architect and the Painter$2,045-14%3-2$682$141,8588First Run Features
42Blackthorn$1,48032%40$370$190,19714Magnolia Pictures
43The Man Nobody Knew$1,423-20%1-1$1,423$172,31116First Run Features
44Hell and Back Again$1,235--2--$618$35,87214Docurama Films
45Tomboy (2011)$1,235--1--$1,235$97,3948Dada Films
46The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$1,171--1--$1,171$27,55618The Film Desk
47Tyrannosaur$1,122--1--$1,122$17,2198Strand Releasing
48Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$943-34%31$314$89,4939Variance Films
49Jane's Journey$73735%10$737$24,48317First Run Features
50Rid of Me$702-42%10$702$10,3738Submarine Entertainment
51Crazy Wisdom$636--1--$636$44,3787Alive Mind Cinema
52Khodorkovsky$564--1--$564$28,2826Kino Lorber
53Amigo$46211%20$231$181,35621Variance Films
54Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$352--1--$352$37,79017International Film Circuit