Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation took in $4.51 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led action franchise was down a sharp 13 percent from Wednesday. Holdovers in general experienced sharp daily declines on Thursday, in part from Fox's Fantasstic Four entering the marketplace Thursday evening and in part from the highly watched Republican presidential primary debate. Rogue Nation was the week's top film with a healthy seven-day start of $79.25 million. The film is performing in line with expectations and is currently running 32 percent ahead of the $60.09 million seven-day take of 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
Minions held steady in second place with $1.64 million. The 3D computer animated prequel from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was down 6 percent from Wednesday and down a solid 42 percent from last Thursday. Minions placed in third for the week with $20.16 million. The film was down 43.5 percent from the previous frame and has grossed an impressive $295.35 million through four weeks of release. Minions is set to surpass the $300 million domestic milestone sometime over the weekend.
Ant-Man was up one spot from Wednesday to move into third with $1.66 million. The Paul Rudd led 3D superhero film from Disney and Marvel declined 9 percent from Wednesday and 45 percent from last Thursday. That represented a solid daily hold, especially given the new competition the film faced from Fantastic Four. Ant-Man placed in fourth for the week with $20.08 million. That represented a 47.5 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's three-week total to a very solid $139.61 million.
Warner's Vacation fell one spot from Wednesday to land in fourth with $1.49 million. The comedy franchise re-launch starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate fell 10 percent from Wednesday and 40 percent from last Thursday. Vacation took second place for the week with $21.86 million and has grossed a significantly softer than expected $28.18 million in nine days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 18 percent behind the $34.25 million nine-day start of last year's Let's Be Cops.
Pixels rounded out Thursday's top five with $1.29 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy from Sony was down a sharp 12 percent from Wednesday and down a solid 42.5 percent from last Thursday. Pixels placed in fifth for the week with $17.00 million. The film was down 52 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed a very lackluster $52.22 million through two weeks.
Meanwhile, Shaun the Sheep Movie placed in eighth on Thursday with $0.719 million. The stop-motion animated film from Lionsgate and Aardman Animations was down 16 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. Shaun the Sheep has grossed just $1.57 million in two days. That isn't a good sign for the film heading into the weekend, even with its Wednesday release not being all that publicized in mind. Shaun the Sheep will hope to build up momentum over the weekend thanks in part to strong critical reviews. The film also received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.