'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, Aug. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$17,810,885-20%3,845--$4,632$65,575,1051Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$12,865,127-24%4,0888$3,147$176,515,7612Disney
3Into the Storm$4,378,519-32%3,434--$1,275$17,346,4271Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$3,013,184-30%2,023--$1,489$10,979,2901Disney / DreamWorks
6Hercules (2014)$1,618,307-31%2,896-699$559$63,508,1383Paramount
7Step Up All In$1,516,849-28%2,072--$732$6,469,8571Lionsgate / Summit
8Get On Up$1,492,580-32%2,4691$605$23,109,7602Universal
9Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,300,815-27%2,306-977$564$197,768,1565Fox
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$727,834-27%2,280-961$319$52,982,8544Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$641,530-30%1,602-1054$400$68,533,3604Universal
12And So It Goes$336,356-34%1,111-705$303$13,243,2153Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$621,487-37%80175$776$10,410,7903Roadside Attractions
2Sex Tape$295,407-37%944-1556$313$36,907,1904Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$206,297-28%526-335$392$170,121,1529Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Transformers: Age of Extinction$163,418-34%580-1152$282$242,880,0317Paramount
6Tammy$123,098-44%550-865$224$82,737,1686Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$99,817-31%313-515$319$189,477,8249Sony / Columbia
8Edge of Tomorrow$98,751-25%265-137$373$99,280,67810Warner Bros.
9Chef$89,617-37%242-108$370$28,944,19914Open Road
10X-Men: Days of Future Past$85,810-25%22737$378$232,077,84612Fox
11The Fault in Our Stars$57,872-27%223-59$260$123,846,54710Fox
12Begin Again$51,803-33%245-482$211$14,278,4127Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$42,544-21%178-99$239$200,435,30813Warner Bros.
14Earth to Echo$42,479-28%217-319$196$37,458,6396Relativity Media
15Jersey Boys$33,433-31%150-136$223$46,491,1338Warner Bros.
16The Fluffy Movie$31,698-14%156-276$203$2,705,0413Open Road
17Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$30,547-88%251--$122$2,412,7521FUNimation / Screenvision
18Rio 2$30,473-49%166-46$184$131,261,54818Fox
19Blended$29,843-29%144-43$207$46,084,34312Warner Bros.
20Wish I Was Here$28,981-25%202-551$143$3,459,6674Focus
21Neighbors (2014)$26,355-31%139-38$190$149,939,69014Universal
22America (2014)$21,624-14%121-357$179$14,320,8577Lionsgate
23The Amazing Spider-Man 2$18,042-24%104-57$173$202,778,22415Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Calvary$78,069-28%4440$1,774$359,6312Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,231-27%410$957$5,780,95919Warner Bros. / IMAX
3What If$36,413-24%20--$1,821$133,8981CBS Films
4Kick$28,544-28%74-88$386$2,393,5923UTV Motion Pictures
6I Origins$10,756-21%88-34$122$308,5854Fox Searchlight
7The Grand Seduction$7,608-28%33-17$231$3,273,95311eOne Films US
8Heaven is for Real$6,922-32%60-36$115$91,443,25317Sony / TriStar
9Think Like a Man Too$5,691-38%31-84$184$65,104,7118Sony / Screen Gems
10Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$5,275-37%44-53$120$30,577,1226Sony / Screen Gems
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,804-31%36-23$133$111,429,71923Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Words and Pictures$1,883-21%12-6$157$2,155,36412Roadside Attractions
13Yves Saint Laurent$1,710-30%6-2$285$275,3187Weinstein Company
14The LEGO Movie$1,4911%17-21$88$257,731,10727Warner Bros.
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,133--10$1,133$148,90617Rialto Pictures
16Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2583%3-1$86$211,83310RADiUS-TWC
17Fed Up$12673%2-5$63$1,534,98514RADiUS-TWC
18As It Is in Heaven (2014)$71-47%21$36$10,3965Embark Visuals