'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 Fri, Sep. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,245,997--4,001--$2,311$9,245,9971Sony / Columbia
2Rush (2013)$3,709,65522943%2,2972292$1,615$3,970,5642Universal
3Prisoners$3,369,126136%3,29030$1,024$31,053,0582Warner Bros.
4Baggage Claim$3,297,613--2,027--$1,627$3,297,6131Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$3,288,247--2,422--$1,358$3,288,2471Relativity Media
6Insidious: Chapter 2$2,071,786249%3,120-35$664$64,869,1813FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$1,090,748114%2,894-197$377$29,112,9183Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$841,155147%2,405-598$350$140,394,6078Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$695,41697%2,062-869$337$108,559,4857Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$556,987218%2,0080$277$6,025,2792Sony / Screen Gems
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$192,139161%1,007-466$191$64,770,8908Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Metallica Through The Never$811,400--305--$2,660$811,4001Picturehouse
2Instructions Not Included$799,989198%948-30$844$35,987,4775Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Enough Said$582,6222813%227223$2,567$950,1012Fox Searchlight
4Despicable Me 2$190,755245%748-256$255$361,172,57513Universal
5Grown Ups 2$161,632--390132$414$131,574,87712Sony / Columbia
6Elysium$149,01920%562-830$265$91,498,0818Sony / TriStar
72 Guns$84,63050%403-349$210$74,801,0409Universal
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$82,837-78%305-13$272$4,606,6532Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs 2$80,053--353-243$227$69,745,0309Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$75,803116%329-133$230$131,110,97610Fox
11The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$60,90225%329-718$185$30,916,1216Sony / Screen Gems
12The World's End$58,624-10%281-552$209$25,561,1966Focus
13The Conjuring$58,03266%338-223$172$136,828,79511Warner Bros. / New Line
14Turbo$56,276218%282-51$200$81,769,68811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Heat$55,927150%251-59$223$158,821,45414Fox
16Thanks for Sharing$46,6666%251-18$186$785,2572Roadside Attractions
17This Is The End$37,913--205-322$185$101,278,37616Sony / Columbia
18The Spectacular Now$37,3275%142-429$263$6,579,1069A24
19One Direction: This Is Us$36,639-38%228-1478$161$28,714,3175Sony / TriStar
20In a World...$33,32968%121-23$275$2,517,9868Roadside Attractions
21The Grandmaster$29,13120%143-330$204$6,429,6576Weinstein Company
22Pacific Rim$28,86496%140-62$206$101,541,36712Warner Bros.
23The Way, Way Back$28,66484%158-166$181$21,262,66813Fox Searchlight
24World War Z$23,55784%160-43$147$202,214,28515Paramount
25Red 2$20,951141%110-68$190$52,825,82811Lionsgate / Summit
26Salinger$17,319-9%134-4$129$457,3114Weinstein Company
27You're Next$10,277-27%112-420$92$18,389,4916Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jobs$8,635-3%84-68$103$16,098,6947Open Road
2Haute Cuisine$8,360291%1411$597$31,4632Weinstein Company
3Getaway$8,050-45%74-441$109$10,477,4335Warner Bros.
4Fruitvale Station$6,837-3%42-61$163$15,994,17512Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$6,6882%66-22$101$7,363,5637Relativity Media
6We Are What We Are (2013)$6,362--2--$3,181$6,3621eOne Films US
7The Ultimate Life$5,295-37%47-137$113$1,299,5104High Top Releasing
8Populaire$3,82022%244$159$120,9234Weinstein Company
9Unfinished Song$3,14752%19-4$166$1,690,87615Weinstein Company
10Chennai Express$2,340102%9-11$260$5,300,6818UTV Motion Pictures
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,803--1--$1,803$1,8031Rialto Pictures
12C.O.G.$1,528-49%9-11$170$45,7812Screen Media / Focus World
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,5153%8-10$189$4,316,29817Roadside Attractions
14Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,27346%1--$1,273$2,8001Rialto Pictures
15Morning$1,174--4--$294$1,1741Anchor Bay Films
16Hotel Normandy$401--1--$401$4011Rialto Premieres
17Satyagraha$166-39%2-7$83$738,0425UTV Motion Pictures
18Stories We Tell$130189%4-1$33$1,597,79721Roadside Attractions