'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, Aug. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,402,34467%2,77888$1,585$86,699,6493Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$3,726,068--2,614--$1,425$3,726,0681Sony / TriStar
3Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,582,854--2,760--$1,298$3,582,8541FilmDistrict
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,606,77288%3,346-125$779$142,413,0494Fox
5Our Idiot Brother$2,390,226--2,555--$936$2,390,2261Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,615,55661%3,30510$489$17,598,6052Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$1,281,66143%2,861-196$448$122,475,1295Sony / Columbia
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,001,94175%1,577-363$635$67,626,2655Warner Bros.
9Fright Night (2011)$997,51359%3,1140$320$12,176,0642Disney / DreamWorks
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$947,78542%3,0150$314$14,423,3602Lionsgate
11One Day$840,34072%1,7254$487$8,113,8022Focus
1230 Minutes or Less$832,47722%2,071-817$402$29,934,7503Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$815,59629%2,085-1070$391$36,175,5413Warner Bros. / New Line
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$688,88230%1,328-410$519$368,929,5747Warner Bros.
15Cowboys & Aliens$662,57571%1,559-654$425$91,809,0505Universal
16Captain America: The First Avenger$628,35544%1,424-564$441$167,150,2236Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$384,33527%904-729$425$33,677,4704Universal
2Horrible Bosses$202,15045%465-290$435$113,378,0558Warner Bros. / New Line
3Sarah's Key$190,12198%27271$699$3,640,6286Weinstein Company
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$177,811174%51834$343$348,994,7669Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$86,331615%242156$357$125,830,44012Paramount
6Zookeeper$75,41477%225-145$335$77,018,3808Sony / Columbia
8Friends With Benefits$72,5626%214-199$339$55,075,9436Sony / Screen Gems
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$67,837101%239-35$284$66,836,22411Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$63,91096%222-20$288$115,806,09311Warner Bros.
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$56,460-79%223-1759$253$11,558,1943Fox
12Kung Fu Panda 2$51,31078%194-43$264$164,118,86814Paramount / DreamWorks
13X-Men: First Class$33,54899%110-36$305$146,043,69313Fox
14The Hangover Part II$19,97339%128-65$156$254,256,38314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$40,274-20%490$822$12,005,77821Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bad Teacher$34,707--75-25$463$98,199,45710Sony / Columbia
3Another Earth$26,85147%947$286$1,035,0946Fox Searchlight
4The Devil's Double$26,06426%78-5$334$1,111,7965Lionsgate
5The Tree of Life$25,09617%971$259$12,795,50814Fox Searchlight
6Attack the Block$19,10754%30-14$637$673,5455Sony / Screen Gems
7Monte Carlo$18,313150%91-16$201$22,862,0279Fox
8Circumstance$17,294--7--$2,471$17,2941Roadside Attractions
10The Future$8,000-26%22-9$364$379,9895Roadside Attractions
11Redemption Road$5,880--26--$226$5,8801Freestyle Releasing
12Rio (2011)$4,37712%39-29$112$143,578,58820Fox
13A Better Life$2,750-4%31-34$89$1,746,33410Summit
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,520-61%15-22$168$1,309,0417Fox Searchlight
15Project Nim$2,34970%164$147$341,7338Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$630-28%1-1$630$9,9402Anchor Bay Films
18The Conspirator$469-18%3-1$156$11,537,04020Roadside Attractions
19Everything Must Go$201-66%3-1$67$2,708,38616Roadside Attractions
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$64-88%1-2$64$240,40950Collective Eye