'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, Oct. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,277,175-2%3,820160$596$179,514,3613Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,329,508-3%3,0200$440$58,274,0432Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$843,393-3%3,157--$267$20,121,3551Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$634,922-10%2,883--$220$13,083,5821Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$489,82830%3,602-272$136$94,511,2544Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$174,357-10%2,160-695$81$58,059,0625Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$137,544-14%2,011-1015$68$18,259,4203Fox
8The Fifth Estate$126,372-12%1,769--$71$2,277,4661Disney / DreamWorks
9Rush (2013)$125,0900%1,197-933$105$25,155,8395Universal
10Machete Kills$120,004-8%2,5380$47$6,963,3912Open Road
11Don Jon$112,120-12%1,114-882$101$23,005,6234Relativity Media
12Insidious: Chapter 2$90,2477%1,665-491$54$81,253,3856FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$173,881-7%757151$230$11,466,0925Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$60,361-4%865-455$70$20,277,7684Fox Searchlight
3We're the Millers$59,015-17%881-269$67$147,979,23311Warner Bros. / New Line
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$56,80310%457--$124$1,210,1721High Top Releasing
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$50,5027%602-378$84$114,473,10310Weinstein Company
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$31,83050%4610$69$1,034,8952Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$31,79523%395-39$80$363,858,26016Universal
8Instructions Not Included$27,010-9%475-236$57$43,672,6168Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Pulling Strings$26,889-17%43810$61$5,305,6733Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Family (2013)$24,063-3%483-567$50$36,396,7526Relativity Media
11Grace Unplugged$19,77739%313-189$63$2,246,1133Roadside Attractions
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$18,14620%350-54$52$66,993,97411Fox
13The Wolverine$15,3916%207-20$74$132,141,34713Fox
152 Guns$9,5151%135-31$70$75,612,46012Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$7,246-10%1470$49$473,6262Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17The Heat$6,8387%103-36$66$159,429,82817Fox
18Turbo$6,67110%149-38$45$82,654,95014Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$4,44436%113-32$39$137,359,66714Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$77,848-7%19--$4,097$1,259,9431Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$10,102-14%6--$1,684$138,1871Roadside Attractions
3Linsanity$7,691511%9-7$855$239,9463Ketchup Entertainment
4In a World...$5,37516%47-7$114$2,856,18511Roadside Attractions
5The Spectacular Now$3,58426%5421$66$6,823,35512A24
6Haute Cuisine$3,4866%21-9$166$203,4735Weinstein Company
7The World's End$2,491-5%40-33$62$25,943,7699Focus
8Fruitvale Station$1,20127%20-21$60$16,090,61715Weinstein Company
9We Are What We Are (2013)$1,1237%12-1$94$68,4464eOne Films US
10Thanks for Sharing$858-28%14-2$61$1,049,7955Roadside Attractions
11Populaire$841-35%14-7$60$179,0917Weinstein Company
12Torn$772-22%1--$772$8,3081The Film Collective
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$43445%53$87$23,4714Rialto Pictures
14The Grandmaster$291111%9-7$32$6,594,9599Weinstein Company