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 Thu, Jul. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$11,229,178-8%4,375--$2,567$226,117,0691Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,550,0714%3,917-190$651$313,789,4503Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$2,509,2490%3,13494$801$70,682,3842Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$2,102,10910%3,4820$604$50,504,2002Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,419,24212%3,249-741$437$170,719,4384Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,159,5568%2,405--$482$12,432,2511Disney
7Bad Teacher$801,4502%2,659-303$301$91,754,7634Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$399,3600%2,287-689$175$33,307,9303Universal
9Monte Carlo$310,23311%1,169-1304$265$21,296,6153Fox
10Super 8$304,7107%1,459-833$209$123,475,0606Paramount
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$300,21711%1,002-964$300$62,565,7525Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$309,9556%872-230$355$162,506,88510Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$189,4216%973-1042$195$113,538,5975Warner Bros.
3The Tree of Life$107,28115%235-2$457$10,482,5778Fox Searchlight
4X-Men: First Class$101,7594%470-377$217$143,862,3187Fox
5Kung Fu Panda 2$100,0067%354-296$283$160,458,6028Paramount / DreamWorks
6Rio (2011)$96,5424%241-31$401$142,275,34114Fox
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$95,72914%373-249$257$237,710,3099Disney
8Thor$74,8148%272-43$275$179,793,18811Paramount
9The Hangover Part II$69,7626%455-380$153$252,160,7178Warner Bros.
10Beginners$64,6179%17015$380$4,182,2137Focus
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$40,8448%21443$191$14,523,7286Relativity Media
12A Better Life$40,4668%21663$187$1,198,5844Summit
13Fast Five$33,8503%212-29$160$209,276,12512Universal
14Water for Elephants$17,547-2%120-48$146$58,527,91313Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$90,23317%480$1,880$9,472,29815Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$32,8487%27-1$1,217$26,898,67270Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$18,674-5%24--$778$210,8001Fox Searchlight
4Project Nim$11,07139%2319$481$121,0822Roadside Attractions
5Something Borrowed$10,4363%74-39$141$38,996,86411Warner Bros.
6Delhi Belly$10,07118%67-23$150$1,465,8183UTV Communications
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,6244%87-25$99$53,345,28713Lionsgate
8Insidious$8,2238%66-15$125$53,861,88216FilmDistrict
9The Lincoln Lawyer$8,04310%72-34$112$58,009,20018Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,241-17%19-23$118$10,143,77912Weinstein Company
11Submarine$2,19934%14-5$157$405,5287Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$93114%12-5$78$2,680,76710Roadside Attractions
13The Conspirator$89035%10-5$89$11,523,72014Roadside Attractions
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$486--1-3$486$226,56644Collective Eye
1535 and Ticking$481-33%51$96$91,9549Image Entertainment
16Chillar Party$9372%4-3$23$6,3302UTV Communications