There are still plenty of Minions fans out there as Minions: The Rise of Gru cruised to a massive victory over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The Rise of Gru took in $108.5 million over the weekend with an estimated total of $127.9 million including today’s holiday. It’s the second best opening of the Despicable Me franchise behind the first Minions and way up from the opening of Despicable Me 3 in 2017, which made $72.4 million on its opening weekend. It’s also the second-best opening in general for Illumination, again behind the first Minions movie, and also the third biggest opening for Independence Day weekend, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Worldwide, The Rise of Gru has $221.6 million and is just outside the top 10 worldwide for the year. It has hit the top 10 domestically at #7.
Top Gun: Maverick remained strong in second place with another $25.5 million. It has over $564 million domestic and now over $1.1 billion worldwide. Talking all-time box office, it is now the 12th highest grossing film domestically of all time unadjusted for inflation and 34th adjusted for inflation. It is #30 on the all-time worldwide box office charts.
Elvis dropped to third but only dropped 39% from last week’s opening with another $19 million. It has $67.3 million domestically so far for two weeks out and $113.5 million worldwide.
Jurassic World: Dominion and The Black Phone rounded out the top 5, with The Black Phone dropping 48% from last week’s opening and taking in another $12.3 million for $47.4 million domestically while Dominion has over $331 million domestic and just over $828 million worldwide.
Lightyear had another steep dropoff and fell out of the top 5 in its third week of release, taking in $6.5 million and putting it at $105.3 million domestic. It may be able to beat The Good Dinosaur’s $123 million domestic but, if it doesn’t, it will be the worst-performing Pixar movie domestically (Onward doesn’t count as it barely had a theatrical release in 2020 before theaters completely shut down for the pandemic).
The other new release besides Minions was Mr. Malcolm’s List, which couldn’t crack even $1 million in 1,384 theaters. Some predictions were thinking it could make at least double that and it might have been a bit of a miscalculation for Bleeker Street to put a movie that small in a somewhat large number of theaters all at once instead of doing a more slow roll-out.
Minions: The Rise of Gru all took the Per Theater average as well with $24,712 in each of the 4,391 theaters it was playing in over the weekend.
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.