'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.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200530 (Jul 29 - Aug 04)$163,429,586-19%$191,871,000-16%Wedding Crashers
200030 (Jul 28 - Aug 03)$171,505,96031%$196,834,000--Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
200630 (Jul 28 - Aug 03)$166,043,9022%$202,059,0005%Miami Vice
201230 (Jul 27 - Aug 02)$191,895,817-25%$208,894,000-24%The Dark Knight Rises
200130 (Jul 27 - Aug 02)$174,852,7922%$226,695,00015%Planet of the Apes (2001)
200230 (Jul 26 - Aug 01)$192,129,08310%$227,612,0000%Austin Powers in Goldmember
201430 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,445-15%$228,546,000-14%Lucy
200430 (Jul 23 - Jul 29)$200,799,918-7%$229,017,000-5%The Bourne Supremacy
201530 (Jul 24 - Jul 30)$211,744,81010%$233,978,0002%Ant-Man
200930 (Jul 24 - Jul 30)$213,839,898-18%$236,128,000-15%G-Force
200330 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$214,889,34512%$242,251,0006%Spy Kids 3D: Game Over
201030 (Jul 23 - Jul 29)$229,856,5647%$247,806,0005%Inception
201330 (Jul 26 - Aug 01)$226,435,78118%$264,923,00027%The Wolverine
200730 (Jul 27 - Aug 02)$248,018,13349%$271,801,00035%The Simpsons Movie
201130 (Jul 29 - Aug 04)$255,672,81511%$276,210,00011%The Smurfs
200830 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$261,087,1635%$278,348,0002%The Dark Knight