'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 Mon, Dec. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,638,099-73%3,555--$461$25,643,1681Fox
2The Tourist$1,362,842-64%2,756--$495$17,835,3001Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$721,128-69%3,577-548$202$258,393,8494Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$345,523-57%2,876-161$120$32,886,3033Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$316,829-56%2,240-218$141$27,946,7653Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$302,327-63%2,967-185$102$74,530,2355Fox
8Due Date$272,434-56%1,990-460$137$95,192,0846Warner Bros.
9Megamind$178,095-77%2,425-748$73$140,397,0576Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$171,605-62%2,106-364$81$21,508,5663CBS Films
11The Warrior's Way$117,079-59%1,6220$72$5,069,4262Relativity Media
12The Next Three Days$103,524-57%1,426-810$73$20,404,5034Lionsgate
13Morning Glory (2010)$56,846-51%1,004-1259$57$30,257,6775Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$116,473-58%416-17$280$8,367,3296Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$51,443-62%4360$118$8,258,7406Summit
3Red (2010)$43,473-58%564-215$77$87,940,1989Summit
4The Social Network$30,914-58%227-33$136$91,427,33411Sony / Columbia
5The Town$15,850-53%255-63$62$91,962,86613Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$15,285-73%255-25$60$250,267,57023Universal
7Skyline$15,235-63%277-301$55$21,268,4155Universal / Rogue
8For Colored Girls$14,290-57%243-242$59$37,547,7116Lionsgate
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,324-72%288-34$46$55,046,03012Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$5,773-50%125-75$46$84,339,8328Paramount
11Life As We Know It$5,599-60%120-88$47$52,215,48310Warner Bros.
12Jackass 3D$5,566-52%108-72$52$116,837,8389Paramount
13Inception$5,219-55%108-9$48$292,467,45222Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$425,076-58%9072$4,723$6,009,6182Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$64,477-65%1913$3,394$1,588,6003Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$30,276-62%4--$7,569$330,2861Paramount
4Hubble 3D$20,695-14%570$363$19,172,73539Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Love You Phillip Morris$16,923-64%3528$484$321,3092Roadside Attractions
6Waiting for 'Superman'$7,686-3%55-30$140$6,379,56612Paramount Vantage
7The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$7,006-73%150$467$340,3106Warner Bros.
8The Tempest$4,823-58%5--$965$47,2591Disney
9Under the Sea 3D$4,556-22%11-2$414$25,039,49596Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Conviction$4,263-48%75-32$57$6,738,3129Fox Searchlight
11Hereafter$3,196-63%87-27$37$32,493,9039Warner Bros.
12Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,863-50%14--$133$14,2671Roadside Attractions
13The Nutcracker in 3D$1,176-71%37-78$32$191,7383Freestyle Releasing
14Stone$958-60%19-3$50$1,778,23310Relativity / Overture
15Wild Target$790-63%10-3$79$117,9807Freestyle
16Jack Goes Boating$711-49%4233$17$539,51913Relativity / Overture
17Frankie & Alice (2010)$493-73%1--$493$8,2611Freestyle Releasing
18Winter's Bone$39723%31$132$6,232,82427Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$102-63%10-5$10$62,0695Roadside Attractions