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 Mon, Oct. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$5,501,950-55%3,661--$1,503$55,016,7191Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$4,656,067-47%3,3523$1,389$81,367,9942Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$1,897,450-53%2,7702435$685$23,590,4882Universal
4Looper$1,737,417-50%2,9931$580$41,954,0692Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$1,662,450-53%3,005--$553$13,074,6631Disney
6End of Watch$603,011-49%2,370-410$254$33,453,0283Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$504,169-49%3,003-209$168$30,173,1453Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$405,929-57%2,720-363$149$27,995,0963Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$332,972-39%1,746-893$191$39,371,9694Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$165,373-53%1,361-1020$122$41,174,1694Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$150,081-48%2,5172$60$4,633,7512Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$270,630-48%8648$313$12,607,6624Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$227,214-49%221119$1,028$3,576,0793Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$116,580-42%831-1726$140$12,812,2353Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$103,983-48%575-80$181$445,473,62412Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$82,700-55%244-12$339$6,138,6814Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$62,059-60%821-797$76$48,453,4426Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$50,610-43%482-342$105$112,325,9159Universal
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$50,008-48%300-87$167$159,523,27013Fox
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$47,613-32%534-653$89$50,247,5338Disney
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$31,358-41%257-75$122$48,283,95410Fox
11Lawless$30,151-67%611-892$49$37,031,6116Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$27,506-52%342-867$80$54,381,7928Focus
13The Campaign$24,780-45%303-327$82$86,290,1519Warner Bros.
14The Expendables 2$22,171-54%313-502$71$84,392,5298Lionsgate
15Ted (2012)$20,570-49%187-38$110$218,364,66515Universal
16Barfi!$20,438-61%110-17$186$2,712,5994UTV Communications
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$19,633-39%155-48$127$216,253,38718Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$23,843-29%520$459$8,989,40225Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$18,101-45%84-37$215$12,657,24020Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$9,693-38%9210$105$45,391,85020Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,259-26%51-18$182$11,110,75715Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,888-25%330$269$20,989,83479Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Thaandavam$8,538-37%21-24$407$192,1992UTV Communications
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,05023%18-14$225$46,347,58423Fox Searchlight
8Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,406-54%12--$284$34,3591Roadside Attractions
9The Watch$2,502-58%32-14$78$34,334,40711Fox
10For A Good Time, Call...$2,379-36%43-41$55$1,246,3406Focus
11Heroine$2,023-41%18-79$112$595,3673UTV Communications
12The Apparition$1,955-58%38-27$51$4,932,7537Warner Bros.
13Safety Not Guaranteed$1,411-31%24-10$59$3,995,32218FilmDistrict
1410 Years$556-64%21-42$26$201,7024Anchor Bay Films
15Toys in the Attic$216-58%4-2$54$63,2315Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$172-66%6-1$29$3,377,0779ARC Entertainment