Minions: The Rise of Gru going bonkers over Box Office

This past weekend, families flocked to the movies to see Minions. Tickets for “Minions: The Rise of Gru” were sold at approximately 4,400 locations across North America, earning an estimated $108.5 million. The Fourth of July holiday will likely have brought in more than $127.9 million by the end of Monday.

The movie is on course to surpass “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which earned $115.9 million in its first four days back in 2011, as one of the largest openings for a July 4th holiday weekend. Through Sunday, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” had earned $202.2 million worldwide, including overseas showings in 61 different territories.

“It’s a tremendous debut,” says Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “It’s playing very broadly across North America. Every single market doing extraordinarily well.”

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The family films from Universal have had a streak of hits, including “Sing 2,” which has made more than $406 million worldwide since its December debut, and “The Bad Guys,” which has taken in more than $243 million. Another indication that family audiences are prepared to return to the movie cinema is “Minions: The Rise of Gru.”

“Families feel very comfortable bringing all their kids to the theater,” Orr says. “These results speak for themselves.” The spinoff of the popular “Despicable Me” series was delayed two years because of the pandemic.

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