Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have announced that their upcoming Minions sequel is officially titled Minions: The Rise of Gru, and is set to arrive on July 3rd 2020.
The first Minions movie served as a spinoff/prequel to Despicable Me, and grossed $1.16 billion upon its release in 2015. Add in the box office takings from the three Despicable Me films, and the series has banked $3.7 billion, making it the highest-grossing animated film franchise of all time.
While specific plot details are being kept under wraps, the title Minions: The Rise of Gru seems to suggest that the sequel will serve as an origin of sorts for Steve Carell’s supervillain Gru.
Minions: The Rise of Gru will open alongside the Ryan Reynolds-headlined Free Guy, the two films sandwiched between Top Gun: Maverick the weekend before and Ghostbusters 3 the weekend after.