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, Sep. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$9,423,43313%2,861--$3,294$17,771,8691Warner Bros.
2Easy A$7,130,3065%2,856--$2,497$13,917,4691Sony / Screen Gems
3Devil$4,887,6602%2,809--$1,740$9,691,0501Universal
4Resident Evil: Afterlife$4,261,72942%3,2096$1,328$41,154,3902Sony / Screen Gems
5Alpha and Omega$4,130,65780%2,625--$1,574$6,419,4301Lionsgate
6Takers$1,410,81653%2,139-52$660$51,676,3814Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$1,205,88145%2,457-376$491$32,139,8343Focus
8The Other Guys$934,01958%1,827-419$511$114,957,2147Sony / Columbia
9Inception$910,67953%1,305-278$698$284,667,19910Warner Bros.
10Machete$708,83334%1,704-974$416$23,875,0173Fox
11Eat Pray Love$677,28335%1,668-671$406$77,163,2226Sony / Columbia
12The Expendables$630,67858%1,854-1204$340$100,677,4886Lionsgate
13Going the Distance (2010)$563,93923%2,007-1023$281$16,439,9553Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Exorcism$560,36342%2,013-718$278$39,855,6454Lionsgate
15Nanny McPhee Returns$452,580103%1,578-786$287$27,324,1605Universal
16The Switch (2010)$418,14441%1,158-437$361$26,385,5555Miramax

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$434,240119%939-436$462$244,460,53511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$308,61685%677-228$456$23,355,2225Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$274,97069%964-706$285$35,735,0815Fox
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$155,52047%383-236$406$30,981,0456Universal
5Salt$143,69650%335-149$429$116,903,1779Sony / Columbia
6Grown Ups$139,97262%304-35$460$161,017,45613Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$124,55597%360-65$346$42,935,0858Warner Bros.
8Avatar$105,39072%129-307$817$760,011,43840Fox
9Dinner for Schmucks$99,03137%313-223$316$72,155,8548Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$92,78953%339-848$274$300,047,90812Summit
11Flipped$79,01147%375-67$211$1,528,5057Warner Bros.
12Ramona and Beezus$78,14695%260-15$301$25,670,5199Fox
13The Kids Are All Right$74,37461%169-49$440$20,469,00811Focus
14Piranha 3D$67,60241%264-561$256$24,695,8235Weinstein Company
15The Last Airbender$53,15486%174-46$305$131,528,34912Paramount
16The Karate Kid (2010)$43,65078%147-21$297$176,563,97715Sony / Columbia
17Winter's Bone$37,72141%101-9$373$5,928,66215Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$94,2348%12--$7,853$181,2661Universal / Rogue
2Hubble 3D$64,81291%633$1,029$15,587,68527Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$45,33435%4--$11,334$123,8291Fox Searchlight
4The Tillman Story$26,70155%283$954$502,6335Weinstein Company
5Under the Sea 3D$18,771145%161$1,173$24,204,00284Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Knight and Day$16,89426%64-29$264$76,358,41213Fox
7We Are Family$16,68040%78--$214$586,5853UTV Communications
8Predators$14,66153%55-31$267$51,899,28711Fox
9Jack Goes Boating$12,36948%4--$3,092$20,7141Relativity / Overture
10The Romantics$10,22636%1412$730$73,1202Four of a Kind
11The Concert$8,85884%201$443$532,4039Weinstein Company
12Bran Nue Dae$7,54354%171$444$45,4812Freestyle Releasing
13Cyrus$4,07337%19-7$214$7,416,36214Fox Searchlight
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,189-10%1--$3,189$6,7491Collective Eye
15La Soga$2,63453%4-3$659$204,64067-57 Releasing
16Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$96120%2--$481$1,7641Cinema Purgatorio
17Solitary Man$9601%7-2$137$4,352,67618Anchor Bay
18Princess Kaiulani$3641%2-1$182$882,97019Roadside Attractions
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$248-23%3-1$83$156,2447Anchor Bay