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 Fri, Sep. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machete$3,866,357--2,670--$1,448$3,866,3571Fox
2The American$3,844,126162%2,823--$1,362$6,987,9111Focus
3Takers$3,065,695158%2,2060$1,390$29,516,5202Sony / Screen Gems
4The Last Exorcism$2,245,758163%2,8740$781$27,018,1422Lionsgate
5Going the Distance (2010)$2,229,382--3,030--$736$2,229,3821Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Expendables$1,651,010116%3,3980$486$87,218,7804Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$1,362,365156%2,607-574$523$102,828,5765Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$1,335,42558%2,663-445$501$65,439,4594Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,157,787140%1,704-366$679$273,731,0418Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$880,085110%2,708-90$325$19,746,0603Universal
11The Switch (2010)$851,64592%1,885-132$452$19,226,7853Miramax
12Vampires Suck$820,126170%2,434-799$337$30,118,7833Fox
13Despicable Me$671,885165%1,600-233$420$238,122,8359Universal
14Piranha 3D$611,90353%1,789-702$342$20,707,7103Weinstein Company
15Lottery Ticket$515,366132%1,310-663$393$18,873,0633Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$419,694265%1,520920$276$406,575,06712Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$563,72674%812--$694$755,849,76538Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$419,64074%807-759$520$27,701,5504Universal
3Salt$317,769106%705-463$451$114,278,7667Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$262,15077%804-697$326$70,153,6636Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$189,36648%434-467$436$40,478,2785Disney
6Grown Ups$139,396--383120$364$159,584,20611Sony / Columbia
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$113,557116%396-80$287$298,366,77810Summit
8Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$107,11572%455-368$235$41,673,3116Warner Bros.
9The Kids Are All Right$101,30374%239-103$424$19,498,5259Focus
10The Last Airbender$74,963133%257-49$292$130,811,89410Paramount
11Ramona and Beezus$63,171127%305-49$207$25,002,5727Fox
12Hubble 3D$54,11532%123-28$440$14,776,64925Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Karate Kid (2010)$53,496--227-28$236$176,045,52913Sony / Columbia
14Charlie St. Cloud$38,485185%220-113$175$30,850,2756Universal
15Shrek Forever After$38,228134%179-28$214$238,161,91316Paramount / DreamWorks
16Knight and Day$35,88697%142-87$253$76,103,47511Fox
17Predators$20,57454%111-76$185$51,695,5829Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$72,150--78--$925$72,1501UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$34,176875%2419$1,424$158,2563Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$30,362121%90-27$337$5,521,92713Roadside Attractions
4Under the Sea 3D$14,08234%160$880$24,040,78382Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Flipped$12,737107%282$455$712,8785Warner Bros.
6The A-Team$9,98363%54-38$185$77,130,40213Fox
7The Concert$9,88055%200$494$404,1257Weinstein Company
8Marmaduke$6,17749%45-21$137$33,589,45914Fox
9Peepli Live$6,173114%26-19$237$724,6064UTV Communications
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,852117%18-3$325$465,1627NeoClassics
11Cyrus$4,447123%26-6$171$7,368,03112Fox Searchlight
12White Wedding (2009)$2,384--4--$596$2,3841Dada Films
13Solitary Man$2,3424%245$98$4,329,48816Anchor Bay
14The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,226105%6-1$371$137,7585Anchor Bay
15La Soga$1,96147%5-7$392$152,65347-57 Releasing
16Princess Kaiulani$876321%32$292$873,78517Roadside Attractions