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, May. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$1,867,137-7%3,205--$583$33,145,4721Fox
2Heaven is for Real$977,571-8%2,705288$361$56,902,4092Sony / TriStar
3Captain America: The Winter Soldier$851,344-20%3,620-205$235$229,381,2114Disney
4Rio 2$523,978-18%3,703-272$142$98,870,2763Fox
5Brick Mansions$441,874-18%2,647--$167$11,937,3161Relativity Media
6Bears$390,0348%1,7200$227$12,656,0542Disneynature
7Transcendence$285,125-26%3,4550$83$20,193,2102Warner Bros.
8God's Not Dead$252,793-7%1,600-196$158$53,795,4026Freestyle / Pure Flix
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$231,050-8%1,021-259$226$49,771,4328Fox Searchlight
10The Quiet Ones$192,868-5%2,027--$95$4,761,0321Lionsgate
11Divergent$191,772-20%2,066-420$93$140,486,7266Lionsgate / Summit
12A Haunted House 2$190,263-8%2,3100$82$15,048,7952Open Road
13Draft Day$185,407-17%2,080-701$89$25,043,7673Lionsgate / Summit
14Noah$160,003-22%1,604-933$100$98,124,7495Paramount
15Oculus$141,476-18%1,881-767$75$25,941,2663Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$54,976-10%156130$352$1,126,7983Weinstein Company
2300: Rise of an Empire$23,9800%32560$74$105,915,1358Warner Bros.
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$22,194-13%468-312$47$108,145,1018Fox / DreamWorks Animation
42 States$19,249-23%1372$141$1,843,2862UTV Motion Pictures
5The LEGO Movie$18,241-3%303-37$60$252,877,96412Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$16,255-8%252-108$65$90,563,6709Universal
7Frozen (2013)$12,943-1%227-63$57$400,227,93623Disney
8Dom Hemingway$9,1931%119-10$77$471,4984Fox Searchlight
9Son of God$7,55115%211-292$36$59,599,8839Fox
10The Nut Job$5,226-25%160-41$33$64,189,02215Open Road
11Bad Words$4,569-18%114-109$40$7,700,8657Focus
12Gravity$3,5788%105-40$34$274,065,62030Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$28,64320%370$774$1,191,6974Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$8,98941%45-72$200$5,508,7825Lionsgate / Pantelion
33 Days to Kill$4,3383%85-25$51$30,628,31010Relativity Media
4Joe (2014)$4,2970%41-7$105$314,9543Roadside Attractions
5Sabotage (2014)$3,789-1%75-55$51$10,447,8645Open Road
6Watermark$2,88336%167$180$71,3494eOne Films US
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,56215%87-27$18$15,973,8817Lionsgate
8The Unknown Known$1,362-42%22-27$62$260,4884RADiUS-TWC
9Philomena$1,305-18%33-68$40$37,681,35223Weinstein Company
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,26636%2--$633$37,86512Rialto Pictures
11Ernest & Celestine$75015%20-11$38$262,0729GKIDS
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$730226%21$365$23,1402Rialto Pictures
13Make Your Move$688-5%40-102$17$125,1062High Top Releasing
14Frankie & Alice$68410%24-19$29$695,8764Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
15August: Osage County$679-18%7-9$97$37,737,34918Weinstein Company
16Gloria (2014)$510-22%9-4$57$2,095,02214Roadside Attractions
17Dallas Buyers Club$290-31%12-2$24$27,298,28526Focus
18Gabrielle (2014)$5675%10$56$4,9002eOne Films US