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 Tue, Nov. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,721,6227%4,0700$669$232,640,7982Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$2,274,15718%3,52621$645$225,341,8453Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,989,15513%2,018243$986$66,593,3123Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$1,780,33531%2,927--$608$33,716,3541Fox
5Red Dawn (2012)$920,23412%2,725--$338$23,429,5691FilmDistrict
6Rise of The Guardians$900,0407%3,653--$246$34,081,3501Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flight$650,80521%2,63826$247$75,907,8314Paramount
8Wreck-It Ralph$541,107-4%3,259-363$166$150,381,3824Disney
9Argo$246,43616%1,255-955$196$98,521,0727Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$400,34523%367351$1,091$6,934,4782Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$81,10519%515-1$157$4,079,3586Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$58,7948%763-1300$77$136,590,1768Fox
4Cloud Atlas$41,37314%258-662$160$25,866,4445Warner Bros.
5Pitch Perfect$39,36023%492-630$80$62,643,2689Universal
6Looper$37,19227%29379$127$65,653,5049Sony / TriStar
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$27,17516%242-269$112$16,374,19810Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$25,27414%490-860$52$42,084,7127Sony / Columbia
9The Man With the Iron Fists$24,55526%205-705$120$15,245,9404Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$15,64510%464-784$34$143,531,9509Sony / Columbia
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$9,9943%190-266$53$17,395,7985Open Road
12Alex Cross$8,53518%144-391$59$25,420,1926Lionsgate / Summit
13Trouble with the Curve$6,70120%140-132$48$35,674,72910Warner Bros.
14Sinister$6,36810%127-662$50$47,717,8697Lionsgate / Summit
15House at the End of the Street$4,8505%138-37$35$31,498,15610Relativity Media
16The Dark Knight Rises$4,32818%108-52$40$448,042,35819Warner Bros.
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$4,28740%109-23$39$160,825,91820Fox
18ParaNorman$4,2476%134-46$32$55,804,81015Focus
19Fun Size$4,203-9%144-244$29$9,306,6155Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 4$3,80412%108-742$35$53,683,9166Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$82,29518%6650$1,247$1,686,5782Focus
2Hitchcock$21,726-1%17--$1,278$331,3871Fox Searchlight
3Seven Psychopaths$11,75419%82-89$143$14,652,9197CBS Films
4A Late Quartet$10,743-6%88-12$122$756,0484Entertainment One / RKO
5To the Arctic 3D$8,84916%520$170$9,974,44532Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,54611%300$152$21,383,93086Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Arbitrage$3,96261%48-32$83$7,823,33211Roadside Attractions
8Chasing Mavericks$3,848-6%60-138$64$5,779,3955Fox
9The Master$3,39517%25-27$136$15,848,80511Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$3,093-2%34-41$91$39,197,68010Open Road
11This Must Be the Place$1,2103%8-7$151$118,6344Weinstein Company
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,1289%59-13$19$48,939,15017Fox
13Lawless$1,115241%11-8$101$37,398,73313Weinstein Company
14The Intouchables$1,10671%262$43$13,031,88827Weinstein Company
15The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$798-57%15--$53$109,9681Warner Bros.
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$65030%3520$19$3,334,9847Atlas Distribution