The last of the high-profile pandemic delayed blockbusters finally arrived in cinemas over the weekend, and Minions: The Rise of Gru celebrated its two-year wait by breaking the July 4th box-office record with a weekend take of $127.9 million.
Animated family fare has been slow out of the blocks at the pandemic-era box-office, with solid openings backed up by a long run (The Bad Guys – $23M opening, $93M domestic gross. Tom & Jerry – $14M opening, $46M domestic gross), largely due to the reluctance from families to attend a packed cinema on opening weekend during these unsure times.
However, even taking into account the current climate, Minions: Rise of Gru performed to pre-pandemic levels, grossing more than the original Minions movie, which opened to $115M back in 2015. There’s obviously the caveat of inflation and increased IMAX ticket prices, but this is still a success story, especially in the wake of Lightyear’s less-than-stratospheric box-office performance. Add to that the $86M rounded up by the little yellow fellas overseas, and Minions: Rise of Gru‘s global tally stands at $200M plus.
Overall takings for the weekend box-office were ahead of the same period from the halcyon days of 2019; the aforementioned Lightyear slowly crossed the $100M mark, Top Gun: Maverick continued to plot a steady course towards the $600M mark with a jaw-dropping decline of just 14% and a weekend take of $25.5M; Elvis shook another $23.7M from punters pockets for a running total of $67.3M; Jurassic World Dominion stomped over the $800M global tally with a further $19.2M; and finally horror fans continued to answer the call of The Black Phone, which earned another $14.6M in its second frame. All very healthy indeed.
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