‘Minions’ Set Box Office on Fire With $108.5 Million Debut

‘Minions’ Set Box Office on Fire

Tickets for “Minions: The Rise of Gru” sold this weekend for an estimated $108.5 million.

This past weekend, families flocked to the movies to see Minions. According to Universal Pictures, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” made an estimated $108.5 million in ticket sales across 4,391 theatres in North America. It will probably have made more than $127.9 million by the end of the Fourth of July holiday on Monday.

The movie is on course to surpass “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which earned $115.9 million in its first four days in 2011, as one of the greatest openings for a July Fourth holiday weekend. Through Sunday, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” had earned $202.2 million worldwide, including overseas showings in 61 different territories.

Jim Orr, president of domestic distribution at Universal, called it “a fantastic debut.” It’s being broadcast widely across North America. Every market is performing incredibly well.

This is only the most recent in a streak of lucrative family-friendly films from Universal, which also includes “Sing 2,” which has generated over $406 million since its December debut, and “The Bad Guys,” which has over $243 million. Another indication that family audiences are prepared to return to the movie cinema is “Minions: The Rise of God.”

Families feel really at ease taking all of their children to the theatre, according to Orr. “These results are self-evident,”

All ages, including the very young, were drawn to the theatre to see “Minions 2.” 12 percent of respondents to PostTrak surveys were under the age of 10.

“For many months, it was believed that family audiences would stop visiting theatres. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for Comscore, stated, “We can put that to rest.

The pandemic caused a two-year delay in the release of the “Despicable Me” spinoff. The first release date for the “Minions” sequel from 2015 was July 2020. Similar to “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Minions” stuck with its plan to premiere exclusively in theatres while many other animated family movies opted for streaming or hybrid distribution. The wait appears to have been worthwhile, much like with “Top Gun.”

“This became into a thing. The timing of the release, the holiday weekend, and the marketing were all ideal, according to Dergarabedian. Everyone was aware that this would only be available in cinemas.

Steve Carell, repeating his role as Gru, Alan Arkin, Michelle Yeoh, and Julie Andrews, who plays Gru’s mother, are also part of the voice cast. While moviegoers were more enthused and gave the Gru origin story an A CinemaScore, reviews were mixed to positive (it presently has a 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).

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The five “Despicable Me” films and spinoffs, which began in 2010 and have amassed nearly $3.7 billion at the global box office, have been a huge hit for Universal and Illumination.

“Top Gun: Maverick” came in second place and has been performing well after six weeks, bringing its total to $25.5 million, which has already reached $1 billion. In 3,843 places, the Paramount Pictures movie is still showing.

“Elvis” from Warner Bros., which lost only 39% of its audience during its second weekend in theatres, came in third. Through Sunday, the Baz Luhrmann movie earned an estimated $19 million, increasing its domestic tally to $67.3 million.

With “Jurassic World: Dominion” earning an additional $15.7 million and the horror film “The Black Phone” earning an additional $12.3 million through Sunday, Universal movies also took fourth and fifth place.

While this was happening, Disney’s “Lightyear” had a further decline in its third weekend with an estimated $6.5 million. That sum should increase to $8.1 million by Monday, bringing the company’s total earnings to $106.9 million.

This past weekend, Mr. Malcolm’s List debuted in 1,384 theatres in the United States and Canada thanks to Bleecker Street. Freida Pinto and Zawe Ashton play buddies trying to get even with a finicky bachelor in the period comedy of manners. The company predicts that the movie will earn over $1 million by the end of Monday and $851,853 by the end of Sunday.

Even though it’s also available for rent on demand, audiences are still catching up with A24’s “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which gained an estimated $552,000 from 607 screens. This weekend, 22 screens were added for the studio’s more recent film, “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” which is anticipated to earn roughly $308,000 by the end of Monday.

The entire weekend will be remembered as one of the biggest of the epidemic era, according to Comscore. And it’s anticipated that the trend will continue once Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” hits theatres the following week.

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Comscore’s projections for Friday through Sunday theatre attendance in the United States and Canada. On Tuesday, the final domestic data will be revealed.

The first is “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” $108.5 mln.

Top Gun: Maverick, 2. $19.5 billion.

3. The $19 million film “Elvis.”

Jurassic World: Dominion, number four $14.71 billion.

The Black Phone (5) $12,3 mil.

6. The $6.6 million film “Lightyear.”

Seven. “Mr. Malcolm’s List, $851,853.

8. “Everything All-Around at Once,” $551,974.

The ninth film, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” $390,000.

“JugJugg Jeeyo,” $318,000.

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