'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 Sun, Jan. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$5,764,659-44%3,078--$1,873$25,306,7251Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$4,197,728-51%2,512--$1,671$18,782,1541Fox
3Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,610,231-35%2,6250$994$33,588,0562Disney
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$2,114,402-56%2,6302624$804$10,737,2395Warner Bros.
6Haywire$1,739,896-54%2,439--$713$8,425,3701Relativity Media
7Joyful Noise$1,423,503-50%2,7350$520$21,745,4192Warner Bros.
8Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,150,805-60%2,519-827$457$197,363,4416Paramount
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$960,479-38%2,070-779$464$124,682,2056Fox
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$944,773-59%2,485-670$380$178,321,7266Warner Bros.
11The Iron Lady$916,104-47%1,076274$851$12,585,9584Weinstein Company
12The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$767,350-56%1,907-767$402$94,553,5825Sony / Columbia
13War Horse$730,466-53%2,525-331$289$72,285,1805Disney / DreamWorks
14We Bought a Zoo$702,631-50%2,065-844$340$69,565,0255Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$672,193-38%1,340-733$502$72,321,0065Paramount
16The Devil Inside$560,757-55%2,207-344$254$51,289,9723Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$606,020-46%662446$915$12,119,7189Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$521,817-56%560-100$932$51,259,65810Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$376,818-58%731-155$515$18,328,9777Focus
5Happy Feet Two$127,451-38%331-34$385$62,597,36210Warner Bros.
6Puss in Boots (2011)$100,319-45%292-24$344$147,722,07513Paramount / DreamWorks
7Jack and Jill$90,568-46%283-15$320$72,952,65311Sony / Columbia
8My Week with Marilyn$85,985-43%225-175$382$12,066,4619Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$76,270-49%370-338$206$280,262,45710Lionsgate / Summit
10The Darkest Hour$42,173-53%301-881$140$21,074,6275Summit
11Tower Heist$37,400-59%220-40$170$77,821,29512Universal
12The Sitter$34,259-49%191-258$179$30,021,3117Fox
13Young Adult$32,231-53%150-237$215$16,075,4487Paramount
14Immortals$31,788-45%169-18$188$83,270,59511Relativity Media
15New Year's Eve$29,127-54%265-827$110$54,185,4737Warner Bros. / New Line
16Moneyball$10,575-66%110-18$96$75,524,65818Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$67,489-36%9554$710$2,983,1988Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$32,815-23%450$729$15,662,57442Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$18,908-33%21-3$900$497,5794Focus
4Coriolanus$16,316-41%9--$1,813$61,1361Weinstein Company
5Courageous$14,907-36%90-26$166$34,522,22117Sony / TriStar
6In Time$12,707-54%97-9$131$37,454,84413Fox
7Vettai$9,926-37%21-13$473$148,9382UTV Communications
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,699-34%14-4$550$201,2255FilmDistrict
9J. Edgar$7,509-48%46-36$163$37,036,91511Warner Bros.
10Dolphin Tale$6,958-46%63-28$110$72,279,69018Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$6,009-52%331$182$35,010,46419FilmDistrict
12Margin Call$3,17321%14-6$227$5,344,10414Roadside Attractions