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 Wed, Jun. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$4,238,061-16%3,641--$1,164$69,867,1041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$2,904,243-11%3,6150$803$195,218,7082Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,426,465-10%3,95227$614$107,487,0682Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,853,066-11%3,966-198$467$196,004,1203Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,634,630-5%2,920-38$560$112,041,9604Universal
6Thor$510,249-7%2,780-516$184$170,684,8575Paramount
7Fast Five$335,550-3%1,325-1656$253$203,008,9556Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$117,310-9%688-752$171$37,038,0345Warner Bros.
2Rio (2011)$102,1652%691-981$148$136,987,8178Fox
3Water for Elephants$95,415-10%572-222$167$56,020,2227Fox
4Jumping the Broom$82,9462%589-350$141$36,175,2235Sony / TriStar
5Priest (2011)$49,5521%583-1335$85$28,862,7854Sony / Screen Gems
6Source Code$37,0652%288-11$129$53,953,73710Summit
7Rango$35,500-9%254-26$140$122,256,86014Paramount
8HOP$26,9450%185-114$146$107,877,61010Universal
9Insidious$25,45924%160-26$159$53,079,15710FilmDistrict
10Limitless$23,7861%232141$103$78,803,12512Relativity Media
11Hanna$23,180-2%197-19$118$39,876,7189Focus
12Jane Eyre (2011)$20,43712%128-15$160$10,921,59613Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$19,824-4%182-32$109$52,360,26011Fox
14Everything Must Go$18,0365%107-54$169$2,452,3554Roadside Attractions
15Win Win$15,8536%14117$112$9,909,52112Fox Searchlight
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$15,035-11%196-163$77$52,672,2847Lionsgate
17The Lincoln Lawyer$13,525-1%133-33$102$57,036,00812Lionsgate
18Scream 4$11,9833%201-60$60$38,077,8628Weinstein Company
19The Conspirator$10,6262%108-29$98$11,358,4118Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$72,5164%2016$3,626$1,468,6092Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$65,1636%470$1,386$6,499,2529Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$22,958-12%322$717$25,481,78664Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$18,048-12%5--$3,610$195,3151Focus
5The Beaver$6,106-4%68-41$90$891,7375Summit
6Submarine$5,253-1%4--$1,313$57,4251Weinstein Company
7Arthur (2011)$4,528-15%62-15$73$33,030,6169Warner Bros.
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,328-10%80-123$54$9,538,2996Weinstein Company
9The Last Mountain$1,808150%2--$904$20,4001Dada Films
10Beautiful Boy$1,426-26%4--$357$21,4621Anchor Bay Films
11The King's Speech$9571%180$53$138,791,08928Weinstein Company
12Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$904-26%4--$226$178,78038Collective Eye
13Kill the Irishman$682-7%8-2$85$1,178,31813Anchor Bay Films
1435 and Ticking$3940%4-2$99$59,9963Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$20865%50$42$247,79412Roadside Attractions
16Biutiful$1072%1-4$107$5,101,17123Roadside Attractions
17Skateland$58-62%31$19$19,2514Freestyle Releasing