Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation continued to lead the daily box office on Thursday with a daily take of $2.57 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led action franchise was down 12 percent from Wednesday and down 43 percent from last Thursday. It should be noted that wide releases in general experienced sharp daily declines on Thursday due in part to the evening launches of Universal's Straight Outta Compton and Warner's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Rogue Nation was the week's top film with a weekly take of $41.88 million. That represented a very respectable 47 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $121.14 million.
Fantastic Four rounded out its disappointing first week of release with a second place take of $1.41 million. Fox's relaunch attempt of the Marvel superhero franchise was down a sharp 15 percent from Wednesday. Fantastic Four placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of only $33.96 million. In addition to performing well below pre-release expectations, Fantastic Four displayed poor holding power throughout the week, which is obviously a bad sign for the film going forward. Fantastic Four is running a distant 56 percent behind the $77.45 million seven-day gross of 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
STX Entertainment's The Gift held steady in third with $1.00 million. The Joel Edgerton directed thriller starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton was down 11.5 percent from Wednesday. The Gift took third place for the week with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $17.08 million. The film's performance this week was especially impressive when taking into account the film's reported production budget of just $5 million. The Gift will hope to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and positive word of mouth.
Minions grossed $0.937 million to remain in fourth place. The blockbuster 3D computer animated prequel from Universal and Illumination Entertainment fell 12 percent from Wednesday and 43 percent from last Thursday. Minions finished in sixth for the week with $12.41 million. That represented a 38 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's five-week total to a very impressive $307.77 million.
Ant-Man followed very closely behind in fifth with $0.925 million. The Paul Rudd led 3D superhero film from Disney and Marvel was down 7 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Ant-Man took fifth place this week with $12.44 million. The film was down 38 percent from the previous week and has grossed a very solid $152.05 million in four weeks.
Meanwhile, new wide releases Ricki and the Flash and Shaun the Sheep Movie took in respective seventh place and tenth place daily grosses of $0.721 million and $0.483 million. Sony's Ricki and the Flash was down 9 percent from Wednesday, while Shaun the Sheep Movie was down 13 percent. Ricki and the Flash has grossed $10.09 million in seven days and Shaun the Sheep Movie has grossed $8.27 million in nine days, as both films continue to perform a bit below their already modest expectations.