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, Aug. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs 2$4,356,891-16%3,866--$1,127$9,560,8710Sony / Columbia
2The Wolverine$4,327,4530%3,924--$1,103$73,313,8501Fox
3The Conjuring$2,582,1964%3,022119$854$94,929,7532Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$2,320,1558%3,291-529$705$316,277,4654Universal
5Grown Ups 2$1,590,5995%3,258-233$488$108,250,2063Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$1,523,6145%3,238-568$471$63,078,6432Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Red 2$1,081,7282%3,0160$359$39,503,1392Lionsgate / Summit
8Pacific Rim$989,0484%2,602-683$380$88,390,7183Warner Bros.
9The Heat$844,3921%2,136-553$395$144,841,0625Fox
10R.I.P.D.$757,190-3%2,611-241$290$28,072,2402Universal
11Fruitvale Station$453,205-1%1,0641030$426$8,251,9043Weinstein Company
12Monsters University$371,1022%1,144-1042$324$257,161,6916Disney
13World War Z$293,8110%1,440-626$204$194,073,9626Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$450,0654%886582$508$10,822,3274Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$189,050-6%591--$320$2,462,8641CBS Films
3The Lone Ranger$158,6342%828-1445$192$86,104,7074Disney
4Man of Steel$92,4585%501-549$185$287,214,8237Warner Bros.
5White House Down$87,2300%516-938$169$71,077,9535Sony / Columbia
6Epic$59,8032%279-40$214$106,422,57710Fox
7This Is The End$58,741-4%223-399$263$95,900,4227Sony / Columbia
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$52,774-8%498-250$106$31,761,4434Lionsgate / Summit
9Now You See Me$47,2658%215-118$220$115,168,1369Lionsgate / Summit
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$44,3650%271-31$164$144,333,50112Warner Bros.
11Fast & Furious 6$44,0553%267-12$165$237,791,13010Universal
12Star Trek Into Darkness$35,5245%180-70$197$225,744,02711Paramount
13The Croods$31,665-3%187-25$169$186,510,21119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Internship$31,3100%197-5$159$44,047,5128Fox
15Girl Most Likely$21,8975%227-124$96$1,308,1612Roadside Attractions
16The Purge$16,555-4%1571$105$64,333,9058Universal
17The Hangover Part III$10,9465%147-55$74$112,061,38410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$14,096-6%82-6$172$1,321,3076Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,93412%71-24$182$4,044,8418Roadside Attractions
3Mud$8,799-9%61-16$144$21,411,23314Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$5,63710%34-4$166$5,750,3607A24
5Kon-Tiki$4,02113%145$287$1,503,01514Weinstein Company
6The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,63139%1--$2,631$15,9701Rialto Pictures
7Pain and Gain$2,54812%35-35$73$49,777,70614Paramount
8The East$2,4014%20-11$120$2,254,9019Fox Searchlight
9Stories We Tell$86515%14-8$62$1,542,42012Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$372-13%2-34$186$163,3245Brainstorm Media