'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,000,000--3,336--$9,592$32,000,0001Paramount
2Gravity$20,300,000-32%3,707-113$5,476$199,814,3614Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,800,000-28%3,143123$3,754$70,074,0433Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$8,000,000--3,044--$2,628$8,000,0001Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,100,000-37%3,111-491$1,961$100,611,2545Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,900,000-63%3,1570$1,869$26,021,3552Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,340,000-56%2,8830$1,505$17,423,5822Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,063,000-49%1,347-813$789$59,122,0626Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$883,000-41%1,229-436$718$82,136,3857FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$562,000-66%1,7690$318$2,839,4662Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$297,045-75%1,253-1285$237$7,260,4363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

112 Years a Slave$2,150,000133%123104$17,480$3,409,9432Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,555,000-11%83578$1,862$13,021,0926Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$697,000-45%677-520$1,030$25,852,8396Universal
4Baggage Claim$580,000-47%594-271$976$20,857,7685Fox Searchlight
5We're the Millers$577,000-22%786-95$734$148,556,23312Warner Bros. / New Line
6Runner Runner$540,000-68%969-1042$557$18,799,4204Fox
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$525,000-46%4581$1,146$1,735,1722High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$483,000-59%540-574$894$23,488,6235Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$381,000-22%379-16$1,005$364,239,26017Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$270,000-30%444-158$608$114,743,10311Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$270,000-50%301-174$897$43,942,6169Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$265,000-56%315-123$841$5,570,6734Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$217,000-28%303-47$716$67,210,97412Fox
15Blue Jasmine$156,898-17%119-33$1,318$32,218,24614Sony Pictures Classics
16Grace Unplugged$120,700-49%208-105$580$2,366,8134Roadside Attractions
17The Family (2013)$82,000-62%218-265$376$36,478,7527Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1All Is Lost$517,700453%8175$6,391$655,8872Roadside Attractions
2Wadjda$132,492-6%8721$1,523$994,3717Sony Pictures Classics
3Blue Is the Warmest Color$101,116--4--$25,279$101,1161IFC Films
4Inequality for All$83,589-35%97-6$862$937,8585RADiUS-TWC
5Metallica Through The Never$50,803--22--$2,309$3,422,4095Picturehouse
6Kill Your Darlings$41,426-22%84$5,178$131,6342Sony Pictures Classics
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,000-84%91-370$385$1,069,8953Relativity Media
8Austenland$33,710-9%43-4$784$2,010,92411Sony Pictures Classics
9Capital$22,400--2--$11,200$22,4001Cohen Media Group
10Spinning Plates$20,528--3--$6,843$20,5281The Film Arcade
11A.C.O.D.$17,426-62%19-23$917$157,6904The Film Arcade
12The Square (2013)$15,665--1--$15,665$15,6651Netflix Originals
13The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$14,000-83%49-98$286$487,6263Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
14Parkland$13,934-54%20-12$697$641,4394Exclusive Media
15Escape From Tomorrow$13,815-25%110$1,256$139,3343Producers Distribution Agency
16American Promise$12,837--4--$3,209$41,1612Rada Film Group
17The World's End$12,591-11%26-14$484$25,956,36010Focus
18Seasons of Gray$11,700-63%14-10$836$51,5472EchoLight Studios
1920 Feet from Stardom$9,05415%12-5$755$4,713,48820RADiUS-TWC
20The Spectacular Now$7,011-69%24-30$292$6,830,36613A24
21Mother of George$7,000--7--$1,000$137,4027Oscilloscope
22After Tiller$2,500--6--$417$56,0756Oscilloscope
23Broadway Idiot$166-99%1-5$166$23,3753FilmBuff