'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 Wed, Mar. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$3,088,419-27%3,470--$890$56,217,4401Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,361,275-16%3,934--$600$39,602,8391Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$1,323,025-21%3,11323$425$56,865,8052Universal
4The LEGO Movie$1,019,334-20%3,290-480$310$228,142,7115Warner Bros.
5Son of God$824,666-25%3,27111$252$44,655,3602Fox
6The Monuments Men$313,528-7%2,001-1001$157$71,502,5695Sony / Columbia
7Frozen (2013)$311,268-9%1,660-86$188$393,925,77616Disney
83 Days to Kill$306,902-12%2,348-524$131$26,434,1903Relativity Media
9RoboCop (2014)$223,927-17%1,714-1171$131$55,469,8094Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$200,142-19%1,065654$188$53,672,67421Fox Searchlight
11Ride Along$191,535-3%1,323-546$145$130,556,2408Universal
12Pompeii$175,309-30%1,658-1000$106$21,659,2003Sony / TriStar
13About Last Night$150,692-22%1,074-730$140$47,010,9574Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$85,840-13%4960$173$3,756,9663Disney
2American Hustle$85,193-15%605-340$141$148,657,02213Sony / Columbia
3Philomena$84,684-4%670-427$126$36,148,81916Weinstein Company
4Gravity$77,359-12%38444$201$272,051,52723Warner Bros.
5The Wolf of Wall Street$57,054-15%359-146$159$115,873,86711Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$54,099-7%31296$173$26,349,77219Focus
7The Nut Job$51,214-11%490-262$105$61,553,2448Open Road
8Lone Survivor$47,0505%472-545$100$124,259,24611Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$36,435-17%333118$109$257,516,05013Warner Bros. / New Line
10Endless Love (2014)$31,945-25%536-1338$60$23,208,8354Universal
11Repentance$22,867-14%1575$146$993,3952Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$22,441-11%155-95$145$25,068,06012Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$22,433-49%188-420$119$25,683,6206Focus
14Nebraska$19,0893%180-109$106$17,520,69317Paramount Vantage
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$17,88513%304-1013$59$127,306,80012Paramount
16August: Osage County$16,754-10%196-150$85$37,353,64811Weinstein Company
17Stalingrad (2014)$15,4761%143-165$108$913,8902Sony / Columbia
18Walking With Dinosaurs$11,795-21%164-31$72$35,930,01312Fox
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,079-26%107-260$104$50,134,9348Paramount
20The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,276-23%133-65$77$424,122,40316Lionsgate
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,6236%133-30$65$58,049,24811Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$83,3835%4--$20,846$1,062,1761Fox Searchlight
2Gloria (2014)$13,47735%76-26$177$1,811,4727Roadside Attractions
3I, Frankenstein$9,987-6%92-77$109$19,000,6057Lionsgate
4The Book Thief$7,35027%49-24$150$21,362,97418Fox
5Labor Day (2013)$7,112-3%84-23$85$13,340,4186Paramount
6The Legend Of Hercules$7,0994%61-28$116$18,841,7399Lionsgate / Summit
7Inside Llewyn Davis$5,34517%52-13$103$13,230,28614CBS Films
8Winter's Tale$4,2383%82-623$52$12,482,3774Warner Bros.
9Free Birds$3,151-18%7426$43$55,735,80119Relativity Media
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,20279%42-49$52$8,298,74315Weinstein Company
11Ernest & Celestine$1,92471%65$321$30,0162GKIDS
12Vampire Academy$1,245-31%32-79$39$7,754,7235Weinstein Company
13Grudge Match$915-33%45-30$20$29,806,10711Warner Bros.
14Highway$584-24%9-71$65$526,7433UTV Motion Pictures