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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 24 - Sun, Jan. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$21,200,000-49%2,75996$7,684$75,445,3102Universal
2Lone Survivor$12,600,000-43%3,162173$3,985$93,613,9615Universal
3The Nut Job$12,316,000-37%3,47245$3,547$40,271,2452Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$9,035,000-23%2,757-222$3,277$347,815,20510Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$8,800,000-43%3,3870$2,598$30,168,1332Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$8,275,000--2,753--$3,006$8,275,0001Lionsgate
7American Hustle$7,100,000-28%2,304100$3,082$127,038,7537Sony / Columbia
8August: Osage County$5,041,000-32%2,411360$2,091$26,526,5015Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$5,000,000-29%1,804-126$2,772$98,030,4545Paramount
10Devil's Due$2,750,000-67%2,5440$1,081$12,885,9632Fox
11Her (2013)$2,285,000-43%1,325-404$1,725$19,175,4086Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,165,000-42%1,285-530$1,685$252,343,9247Warner Bros. / New Line
13Saving Mr. Banks$2,135,000-45%1,660-789$1,286$79,212,3627Disney
14Dallas Buyers Club$2,045,000117%1,110691$1,842$20,373,70713Focus
15Gravity$2,020,0008%1,260316$1,603$261,203,46917Warner Bros.
1612 Years a Slave$2,015,00031%1,231470$1,637$43,543,81715Fox Searchlight
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,550,000-37%1,051-277$1,475$420,031,96810Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$1,200,000-65%1,371-733$875$17,012,2083Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$1,435,00062%968560$1,482$11,602,97411Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$1,031,000-18%5050$2,042$25,769,57910Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$830,000-62%824-907$1,007$123,815,8666Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$720,950--385--$1,873$720,9501Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$640,000-51%540-497$1,185$56,374,7335Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$504,000-50%289-296$1,744$11,993,3478CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$328,000-37%302-601$1,086$106,260,01816Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$290,000-79%527-1042$550$32,087,3684Paramount
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$280,000-4%242-14$1,157$118,882,23018Sony / Columbia
10The Invisible Woman$277,545219%153127$1,814$601,9635Sony Pictures Classics
1147 Ronin$246,000-45%239-104$1,029$38,048,5005Universal
12Last Vegas$82,000-34%159-35$516$63,747,70713CBS Films
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$53,000-69%132-259$402$52,330,5807Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Past$110,95714%333$3,362$533,7386Sony Pictures Classics
2The Great Beauty$108,893-21%51-3$2,135$1,455,90911Janus Films
3Gloria (2014)$58,775--3--$19,592$58,7751Roadside Attractions
4Blue Jasmine$33,016-27%368$917$33,202,45227Sony Pictures Classics
5Visitors$10,742--1--$10,742$10,7421Cinedigm
6American Mustang$4,400-44%10$4,400$13,0682Vitagraph / Just Media