‘Minions’ Sets Box Office On Fire With $108.5 Million Debut

families went all out this weekend for Minions at the cinema. “Minions: The Rise of Gru” brought in an estimated $108.5 million in ticket sales from 4,391 screens in North America, Universal Pictures said Sunday. By the end of the Monday, July 4 holiday, it will likely have made more than $127.9 million.

The film is well on its way to becoming one of the biggest ever openings for a July 4 holiday weekend, a record previously held by “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which was released in the first four days of 2011. Earned $115.9 million. Including international screenings, where “Minions: The Rise of Gru” plays in 61 markets, the worldwide gross is $202.2 million through Sunday.

“It’s a great debut,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president for domestic distribution. “It plays very broadly in North America. Every single market is doing extremely well.”

This is just the latest in a string of successes for Universal’s family releases, including “Sing 2,” which has grossed over $406 million since opening in December, and “The Bad Guys,” which has grossed over $243 million. . “Minions: The Rise of Gru” serves as further proof that the family audience is willing to go back to the cinema.

“Families are very comfortable taking all their children to the theater,” Orr said. “These results speak for themselves.”

“Minions 2” attracted all ages to the theater, even the very youngest. According to PostTrak surveys, 12% were under the age of 10.

“For months there was the idea that the family audience would not come back to the theater. We can put that to rest,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

The spin-off of the popular series ‘Despicable Me’ was delayed by two years due to the pandemic. The sequel to the 2015 movie “Minions” was originally slated for a July 2020 release. While many other animated family films opted for streaming or hybrid releases, like “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Minions” stayed on course and waited. at an ideal time to launch alone in the cinema. And as with “Top Gun”, the wait seemed worth it.

“This became an event. It was a holiday weekend, the release date was perfect, the marketing was perfect,” Dergarabedian said. “And everyone knew this would be in theaters only.”

The voice cast includes Steve Carell, who reprises his role as Gru, Alan Arkin, Michelle Yeoh and Julie Andrews as Gru’s mother. Critics were mixed to positive (it currently has a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences were more enthusiastic, giving the Gru origin story an A CinemaScore.

Universal and Illumination have had huge success with the five ‘Despicable Me’ films and spin-offs, which date back to 2010 and have made more than $3.7 billion at the worldwide box office.

In second place was “Top Gun: Maverick”, which is still delivering six weeks later, adding another $25.5 million to the total, which has already reached more than $1 billion. The Paramount Pictures film is still running at 3,843 locations.

Warner Bros.’ “Elvis” took third place, down just 39% in its second weekend in theaters. Baz Luhrmann’s film grossed an estimated $19 million through Sunday, bringing the domestic total to $67.3 million.

Fourth and fifth also went to Universal titles with “Jurassic World: Dominion” raising another $15.7 million and the horror film “The Black Phone” grossing $12.3 million through Sunday.

Disney’s “Lightyear”, meanwhile, slumped further into its third weekend by an estimated $6.5 million. By Monday, that total should rise to $8.1 million, bringing cumulative profits to $106.9 million.

Bleecker Street released “Mr. Malcolm’s List” on 1,384 screens in the US and Canada. In the comedy of Regency-era manners, Freida Pinto and Zawe play Ashton as friends looking for a picky bachelor. The studio estimates the film will hit $851,853 by the end of Sunday and over $1 million by the end of Monday.

The public is also still catching up with A24’s “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which has added an estimated $552,000 from 607 screens, despite it also being available to rent on demand. The studio’s newer title, “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” expanded to 22 screens this weekend and is expected to earn about $308,000 by the end of Monday.

According to Comscore, the weekend as a whole will go down in history as one of the biggest of the pandemic era. And the momentum is expected to continue with the release of Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” next week.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The final domestic figures will be announced on Tuesday.

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