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, Jun. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$4,443,580-1%4,2635$1,042$137,373,7222Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$1,923,041-12%3,44246$559$98,546,6802Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$1,626,630-5%3,701-76$440$129,042,7203Universal
4Rock of Ages$1,403,107-9%3,470--$404$20,763,2441Warner Bros. / New Line
5That's My Boy$1,318,352-18%3,030--$435$20,280,3831Sony / Columbia
6Men in Black 3$1,203,567-3%3,135-657$384$157,738,9514Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$1,054,517-4%2,528-601$417$591,247,7817Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$401,8601%1,184-114$339$36,755,3397Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$187,309-8%1,216-871$154$39,433,6515Lionsgate
10The Dictator$148,610-6%1,119-532$133$58,324,0885Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$339,271-3%17882$1,906$8,219,3984Focus
2The Hunger Games$146,5063%593-158$247$402,339,72213Lionsgate
3Battleship$122,875-4%942-1012$130$62,670,8005Universal
4Dark Shadows$84,4544%680-870$124$75,492,6606Warner Bros.
5For Greater Glory$74,3234%380-262$196$4,836,0863ARC Entertainment
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$54,1356%277-13$195$212,695,35016Universal
7Mirror Mirror$43,294-6%278-25$156$64,092,75012Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$35,4674%350-52$101$60,032,6909Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$31,215-6%224111$139$41,638,65010Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$26,7347%201-44$133$43,542,88610Fox
11Chernobyl Diaries$24,915-6%255-925$98$17,747,7624Warner Bros.
12Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$16,517-25%157--$105$229,1681Indomina Media
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$15,0846%108-18$140$103,751,97519Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Five-Year Engagement$12,675-11%168-7$75$28,700,2858Universal
15Wrath of the Titans$10,8605%105-45$103$83,594,88012Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,6028%510$1,365$3,861,3219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$48,404-6%770$629$1,746,8084Weinstein Company
3Safety Not Guaranteed$39,081-9%4738$832$601,4232FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,706-7%330$506$19,543,46263Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Crooked Arrows$14,20815%98-180$145$1,778,6935Branded/Peck Films
6Lola Versus$11,702-2%5248$225$156,7922Fox Searchlight
7Safe (2012)$6,14813%76-35$81$17,142,0808Lionsgate
8Girl in Progress$3,8130%41-16$93$2,609,4126Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Bully (2012)$3,688117%14-17$263$3,495,04312Weinstein Company
10The Raven$2,76736%29-5$95$15,848,5908Relativity Media
11Rowdy Rathore$2,324-40%32--$73$758,5103UTV Communications
12The Artist$1,0983%21-15$52$44,671,68230Weinstein Company
13Piranha 3DD$752-57%11-67$68$376,5123Weinstein Company
14Sound of My Voice$731-10%13-11$56$401,7288Fox Searchlight