Minions were on fire, nearly achieving half the tracking estimate of $100 million on opening day. And with that said, how do they have their own language to the tune of “The Monkees” theme song? The Warner Bros. found footage chiller cost less than $2 million to make, so it could be profitable.
“Jurassic World” was unchanged in second place and pulled in another $18.1 million, bringing the dinosaur movie’s overall total to a huge $590.7 million. It should become only the fourth movie to ever gross $600 million domestically sometime next week.
The record holder is 2007’s “Shrek the Third“, which earned $121.6 million on its debut weekend.
LOS ANGELES | “Minions” ruled the weekend box office, racking up a massive $115.2 million in North America, for the second biggest animated film opening in history. The Minions movie smashed the competition this weekend, even opening better than Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out did a couple weeks ago.
Universal kicked its marketing and publicity departments into high gear for the film, which features the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton for the human characters. Minions’ opening dwarfs those of Despicable Me ($56.4 million) and Despicable Me 2 ($83.5 million), showing that there’s a lot of life in this franchise to date.
“Minions“, from Comcast Corp.’sUniversal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, is an origin story of the yellow creatures, and follows their recruitment to help a villain try to take over the world. Critics weren’t impressed by the film (14%) and audiences gave it the standard C score that horror is veering toward these days.
Rounding out the top 10 movies in the United States and Canada, as estimated by the studios and collated by Rentrak, were “Magic Mike XXL” ($9.6 million), “Ted 2” ($5.6 million), “Self/Less” (debuting at $5.4 million), “Max” ($3.4 million) and “Spy” (3 million).
Also, the film turns Minions into the heroes, which they have most definitely proven they are not, and that was also their appeal – their undying devotion to evil and their inability to perform an evil task without creating catastrophe.
“Self/Less” was produced for $26 million, but the blow is softened in part by foreign pre-sales that limited Focus’ and co-backer Endgame’s financial exposure.