'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 Tue, Nov. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$4,750,81360%3,752--$1,266$56,750,6571Disney
3Argo$851,47418%2,774-81$307$77,431,2274Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$727,79013%1,868--$390$9,283,2301Universal
5Cloud Atlas$518,57614%2,0135$258$19,365,2332Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$509,93016%2,639-356$193$126,536,5745Fox
7Hotel Transylvania$460,56785%2,922-354$158$138,187,3156Sony / Columbia
8Here Comes the Boom$369,31653%2,314-177$160$36,110,6124Sony / Columbia
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$364,35518%2,9330$124$14,553,4012Open Road
10Paranormal Activity 4$320,1322%3,006-406$106$50,163,5643Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$284,63518%1,502-497$190$56,158,6586Universal
12Fun Size$231,63843%3,0162$77$7,847,7302Paramount
13Sinister$214,341-5%1,882-465$114$44,717,2944Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$188,78825%1,648-893$115$23,426,2703Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$136,48925%2,03028$67$4,604,4462Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$120,92022%696-493$174$63,882,1326Sony / TriStar
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$118,4819%622-114$190$13,286,5127Lionsgate / Summit
3Seven Psychopaths$78,97314%459-544$172$13,559,9034CBS Films
5Trouble with the Curve$23,23656%286-134$81$35,001,3097Warner Bros.
6The Dark Knight Rises$23,009-18%2910$79$447,572,21616Warner Bros.
8End of Watch$17,20513%158-132$109$38,885,6207Open Road
9The Master$15,876-5%138-63$115$15,543,9808Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$13,73068%116-9$118$7,559,1788Roadside Attractions
11The Campaign$11,30212%188-34$60$86,765,89613Warner Bros.
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,11142%157-35$71$160,439,78117Fox
13The Expendables 2$10,22412%173-5$59$84,874,66312Lionsgate
14The Bourne Legacy$10,0059%153-38$65$113,184,82013Universal
15The Possession$8,060-2%15573$52$48,998,42110Lionsgate
16House at the End of the Street$5,256-5%128-174$41$31,192,0657Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$39,608-2%6949$574$1,023,1063Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$12,64928%520$243$9,554,87729Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$7,704-26%9--$856$93,4311Entertainment One / RKO
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,413144%95-21$78$48,747,49414Fox
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$6,78644%60--$113$106,8641UTV Communications
6Born to Be Wild 3D$5,6275%300$188$21,216,19483Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,37810%70-77$48$3,292,8424Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$3,1335%28-20$112$12,943,60724Weinstein Company
9The Bay$2,5698%23--$112$24,6871Roadside Attractions
10Won't Back Down$2,01329%41-24$49$5,288,7816Fox
11Lawless$1,47216%35-61$42$37,368,50710Weinstein Company
12This Must Be the Place$1,304-5%2--$652$10,4301Weinstein Company
13War of the Buttons (2012)$536-28%6-2$89$46,8834Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$351-34%40$88$70,5065Roadside Attractions
15Vamps$67458%1--$67$6271Anchor Bay Films