Grosses

'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 Sat, Aug. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Takers$7,749,6354%2,206--$3,513$15,225,8421Sony / Screen Gems
2The Last Exorcism$7,050,793-25%2,874--$2,453$16,457,6141Lionsgate
3The Expendables$3,972,22046%3,398128$1,169$79,205,8073Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$2,751,97628%3,10826$885$58,615,9283Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$2,710,98741%3,181-291$852$97,360,0474Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$2,297,56837%3,2330$711$26,584,6362Fox
7Inception$2,096,90346%2,070-331$1,013$269,177,3157Warner Bros.
8Nanny McPhee Returns$2,042,54054%2,79814$730$15,648,4952Universal
9The Switch (2010)$1,950,86734%2,0175$967$15,236,9712Miramax
10Lottery Ticket$1,736,94155%1,9730$880$16,290,0992Warner Bros.
11Piranha 3D$1,725,13235%2,49121$693$16,962,7412Weinstein Company
12Despicable Me$1,237,48065%1,833-403$675$235,405,4108Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,010,01030%1,566-1254$645$25,446,5853Universal
14Salt$819,65443%1,168-626$702$112,770,7976Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$779,12041%1,501-648$519$68,756,7285Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up 3D$518,97139%901-691$576$39,378,7584Disney
2Toy Story 3$427,12360%600-130$712$405,342,43511Disney
3Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$288,68385%823-757$351$41,048,8185Warner Bros.
4The Kids Are All Right$242,41872%342-62$709$19,011,2458Focus
5The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$217,33846%476-81$457$297,879,1099Summit
6The Last Airbender$183,33661%30683$599$130,468,6199Paramount
7Ramona and Beezus$141,95764%354-34$401$24,725,9576Fox
8Grown Ups$128,64757%263-161$489$159,315,14210Sony / Columbia
9The Karate Kid (2010)$110,10868%255-59$432$175,835,97012Sony / Columbia
10Hubble 3D$99,81554%1510$661$14,459,94624Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Charlie St. Cloud$94,82542%333-314$285$30,698,2605Universal
12Shrek Forever After$88,24080%207-25$426$237,998,49515Paramount / DreamWorks
13Knight and Day$80,99137%229-48$354$75,944,04010Fox
14Predators$69,64252%187-47$372$51,581,4668Fox
15Winter's Bone$63,04367%117-13$539$5,385,87912Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$1,553,43326%0----$752,552,61937Fox
2The A-Team$30,29041%92-59$329$77,081,25312Fox
3Flipped$29,28543%26-3$1,126$650,4204Warner Bros.
4Peepli Live$26,40662%45-25$587$687,2223UTV Communications
5The Concert$23,64179%200$1,182$354,9056Weinstein Company
6Under the Sea 3D$21,61122%160$1,351$23,969,08281Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Marmaduke$18,389110%66-56$279$33,553,08913Fox
8Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$17,90186%21-6$852$439,1146NeoClassics
9The Tillman Story$12,41033%51$2,482$98,1562Weinstein Company
10Cyrus$6,46733%32-24$202$7,348,19311Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$5,81838%12-8$485$137,46937-57 Releasing
12Solitary Man$4,33929%190$228$4,309,99815Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,13413%7-1$591$126,4754Anchor Bay
14The People I've Slept With$1,71167%1--$1,711$10,4393People Pictures
15City Island$27752%1-3$277$6,670,52224Anchor Bay
16Princess Kaiulani$275-14%10$275$871,41916Roadside Attractions
17Tales From Earthsea$202159%1-4$202$47,7343Disney