Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s latest animated effort, the spin-off prequel Minions, opened big this weekend with an estimated $115.2 million over the weekend. That makes it the second-biggest opening for an animated movie behind Shrek the Third‘s $121.6 million opening in 2007 and ahead of Toy Story 3‘s $110.3 million.
Arriving on the big screen July 10, 2015, this Despicable Me spinoff begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters–from T. rex to Napoleon–the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment announced today that their Despicable Me spinoff Minions will now hit theaters on July 10, 2015. The film was previously scheduled for a December 19, 2014 release.
Things started to get real at the summer box office as two very different new movies opened on Thursday night and battle lines were drawn as one of them started out the weekend well ahead, but by Friday afternoon, it became more of a tighter race and by the end of Friday, the other movie had pulled ahead.
4th of July weekend was all about Steve Carell’s Gru and his Minions as Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animated sequel Despicable Me 2 quickly became one of the summer’s biggest hits, amassing an estimated $142 million in its first five days, playing in 3,997 theaters in North America.
Things are looking very bright at Universal PIctures this 4th of July as the animated family sequel Despicable Me 2 has far exceeded expectations by grossing an estimated $34.3 million its opening day.