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 Sun, Apr. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$6,397,295-23%2,417--$2,647$29,556,4141Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,746,515-44%3,825-113$1,502$200,501,5103Disney
3Rio 2$4,693,450-43%3,97527$1,181$75,045,1222Fox
4Transcendence$2,252,943-41%3,455--$652$10,886,3861Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$1,765,345-42%2,310--$764$8,843,8751Open Road
6Noah$1,413,974-27%2,537-745$557$93,277,1294Paramount
7God's Not Dead$1,224,872-29%1,796-64$682$48,172,0755Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Draft Day$1,207,898-49%2,7810$434$19,360,8632Lionsgate / Summit
9Divergent$1,148,226-49%2,486-624$462$133,776,4915Lionsgate / Summit
10Oculus$1,105,113-46%2,6480$417$21,146,2712Relativity Media
11Bears$907,942-42%1,720--$528$4,776,2671Disneynature
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$772,889-48%1,280-187$604$44,964,9297Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$288,488-32%135--$2,137$1,073,8981UTV Motion Pictures
2Muppets Most Wanted$211,523-43%929-1332$228$48,307,8185Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$143,272-49%780-1221$184$107,164,8047Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Non-Stop (2014)$86,225-44%360-402$240$90,147,1308Universal
5The LEGO Movie$82,660-47%340-270$243$252,259,05611Warner Bros.
6Son of God$65,445-32%503-402$130$59,437,0418Fox
7Frozen (2013)$53,808-51%290-54$186$399,877,96722Disney
8300: Rise of an Empire$52,014-44%265-260$196$105,481,7457Warner Bros.
9Bad Words$37,017-45%223-540$166$7,563,0886Focus
10Dom Hemingway$34,351-44%12987$266$300,0143Fox Searchlight
11The Monuments Men$30,191-52%221-44$137$77,495,40511Sony / Columbia
12RoboCop (2014)$28,479-40%175-19$163$57,735,25910Sony / Columbia
13Cesar Chavez$23,641-32%117-188$202$5,391,2874Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Nut Job$22,033-49%201-60$110$64,015,09314Open Road
15Make Your Move$20,645-32%142--$145$81,1721High Top Releasing
16Sabotage (2014)$20,621-35%130-621$159$10,353,4434Open Road
17Gravity$16,121-48%145-57$111$273,980,13229Warner Bros.
183 Days to Kill$15,068-46%11027$137$30,539,4219Relativity Media
19About Last Night$13,514-44%10983$124$48,569,01810Sony / Screen Gems
20Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$11,438-41%114-21$100$15,925,7296Lionsgate
21Philomena$6,485-50%101-56$64$37,638,92222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$40,082-47%2622$1,542$252,4022Weinstein Company
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,800-45%370$995$816,4643Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joe (2014)$17,343-48%480$361$226,9512Roadside Attractions
4The Unknown Known$10,019-30%49-31$204$225,5613RADiUS-TWC
5Frankie & Alice$8,156-32%43-128$190$674,1513Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
6Pompeii$7,393-20%64-29$116$23,219,7489Sony / TriStar
712 Years a Slave$5,927-44%53-11$112$56,614,63327Fox Searchlight
8Watermark$4,557-45%85$570$42,8613eOne Films US
9Ernest & Celestine$4,351-26%31-8$140$241,9548GKIDS
1013 Sins$2,419-31%45--$54$9,2611RADiUS-TWC
11Gloria (2014)$2,355-13%13-11$181$2,083,11813Roadside Attractions
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,024-55%1--$2,024$10,9031Rialto Pictures
13Dallas Buyers Club$1,790-47%14-19$128$27,289,11625Focus
14Cuban Fury$1,764-56%8-71$221$90,3102eOne Films US
15Veronica Mars$1,063-45%15-8$71$3,319,1096Warner Bros.
16Gabrielle (2014)$791-34%1--$791$3,0241eOne Films US
17August: Osage County$500-64%16-11$31$37,726,51217Weinstein Company