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 Fri, Mar. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$18,652,560128%4,1370$4,509$208,585,3982Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$12,316,264--3,545--$3,474$12,316,2641Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$5,808,426--3,603--$1,612$5,808,4261Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$4,599,676139%3,14827$1,461$82,652,3003Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,072,64098%3,264-413$635$183,620,4405Universal
6John Carter$544,83425%2,397-815$227$64,749,1734Disney
7Act of Valor$291,28335%1,239-980$235$67,034,7776Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$240,91950%1,007-780$239$15,846,4004Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$344,691420%483359$714$2,241,6704CBS Films
2Project X (2012)$268,01340%903-1162$297$52,814,7895Warner Bros.
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$215,48276%908-432$237$97,860,6898Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$215,05562%729-601$295$123,316,7858Universal
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$191,664220%513259$374$2,205,7423Paramount Vantage
6Casa de mi Padre$163,13467%439-36$372$4,584,7333Lionsgate / Pantelion
7This Means War$142,22338%575-613$247$52,801,5127Fox
8Friends With Kids$132,48254%308-250$430$5,998,3574Roadside Attractions
9The Vow$104,7883%514-744$204$123,248,0048Sony / Screen Gems
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$82,288--380-131$217$50,530,2807Sony / Columbia
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$73,43959%321-300$229$34,205,2716Lionsgate
12The Artist$72,79023%315-261$231$43,339,56319Weinstein Company
13Silent House (2012)$56,961-1%325-877$175$12,252,8384Open Road
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$56,72571%222-26$256$132,200,22116Fox
15The Iron Lady$52,17745%284-43$184$29,284,97014Weinstein Company
16The Woman in Black$46,450279%179-1$259$53,839,4269CBS Films
17Chronicle$38,26753%198-94$193$63,663,4679Fox
18Hugo$33,56418%174-109$193$73,592,12419Paramount
19We Bought a Zoo$33,12584%136-19$244$75,204,42315Fox
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$32,80896%150-50$219$209,165,28016Paramount
21Big Miracle$29,750121%170-54$175$20,047,6559Universal
22The Descendants$25,79840%118-81$219$82,374,57420Fox Searchlight
23Wanderlust$22,62038%116-119$195$17,204,0706Universal
24Red Tails$22,13393%101-30$219$49,665,71111Fox
25The Grey$16,92922%2040$83$51,430,70210Open Road
26One For the Money$12,06835%102-49$118$26,345,22910Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,74511%400$819$17,593,03352Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$30,485--5--$6,097$30,4851Weinstein Company
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$12,58767%55-31$229$186,805,48016Warner Bros.
4Gone$12,58595%61-122$206$11,565,2226Summit
5Being Flynn$10,54324%40-33$264$448,3005Focus
6Undefeated$9,786127%16-1$612$402,3347Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$5,48716%29-15$189$2,919,48310Roadside Attractions
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,270-31%30-44$176$43,252,6778Fox
9W.E.$5,12197%213$244$476,7649Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$4,81058%16-3$301$586,21011Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$1,892-21%12-32$158$14,592,04519Weinstein Company
12Seeking Justice$832-79%8-66$104$407,7803Anchor Bay Films