'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Jul. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,931,087-10%4,46852$1,775$203,662,3771Summit
2Toy Story 3$5,147,053-2%4,0280$1,278$318,224,8993Disney
3The Last Airbender$4,036,407-7%3,1690$1,274$83,077,2861Paramount
4Grown Ups$3,251,525-2%3,5340$920$94,914,7932Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,478,7890%3,1046$476$54,088,8592Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$1,415,7152%3,1090$455$158,935,4884Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$551,3672%2,153-9$256$72,171,1734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$229,855-5%884-106$260$58,712,4305Universal
2Shrek Forever After$205,1551%957-1383$214$233,282,5057Paramount / DreamWorks
3Iron Man 2$106,0694%522-647$203$308,844,5399Paramount
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$104,0646%600-102$173$88,656,1326Disney
5How to Train Your Dragon$100,01913%303-30$330$216,576,04415Paramount / DreamWorks
6Letters to Juliet$96,00710%340-169$282$51,389,8438Summit
7Sex and the City 2$93,4023%355-546$263$94,492,9786Warner Bros. / New Line
9Killers (2010)$85,0033%727-111$117$45,576,8395Lionsgate
10Robin Hood$58,6957%3786$155$104,206,8808Universal
11Solitary Man$52,878-8%176-1$300$3,085,9417Anchor Bay
12Date Night$39,6664%242-44$164$97,814,18313Fox
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$21,86715%175-51$125$163,018,34014Warner Bros.
14Jonah Hex$21,427-2%350-2475$61$10,042,8573Warner Bros.
15Furry Vengeance$20,75426%107-50$194$17,545,79510Summit
16Splice$17,626-4%140-200$126$16,630,5105Warner Bros
17A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$8,94813%110-62$81$63,030,85010Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$102,509-3%7760$1,331$2,146,0753Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$82,2460%522$1,582$10,015,13516Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Winter's Bone$57,595-1%8313$694$2,055,9604Roadside Attractions
4Grease Sing-a-Long$35,010--12--$2,918$35,0100Paramount
5I Hate Luv Storys$21,683-26%84--$258$624,5391UTV
6Under the Sea 3D$19,9336%130$1,533$22,759,02973Warner Bros. / IMAX
7City Island$14,649-13%81-24$181$6,414,89516Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$12,83720%70-35$183$63,838,19216Fox
9The Back-up Plan$12,73517%97-50$131$37,411,33511CBS Films
10Just Wright$10,566-1%95-16$111$21,362,9138Fox Searchlight
13The Secret of Kells$1,909-8%14-1$136$677,92418GKIDS
14The Square (2010)$1,26438%5-3$253$397,79513Apparition
15Raavan$1,074-22%28-87$38$708,7263Reliance Big Pictures
16Princess Kaiulani$895-35%5-5$179$841,2718Roadside Attractions
17The Joneses$461-18%1-2$461$1,472,05312Roadside Attractions