‘Minions’ Becomes Second Highest-Grossing Animated Film Ever
Minions has made history.
The Despicable Me spinoff has now passed $1.08 billion worldwide, becoming not only the 15th highest-grossing film ever, but the second highest-grossing animated film of all-time, surpassing Toy Story 3. Disney’s Frozen still holds the top spot with $1.27 billion worldwide, but it’s not inconceivable that Minions might get closer to that number if it continues to do well overseas. That said, it’s not exactly expected that Minions is going to take the record at any point, because…well, it’s Frozen. I mean, Minions is a success and all, but it’s not the same level of inescapable phenomenon that Frozen was (although I know plenty of annoyed parents who’d probably disagree with that statement).
But back to the box office, as it was apparently China that pushed Minions into the record books: the movie opened to $20.1 million in China over the weekend, earning the biggest opening day in history for an animated film in that market. In a way, it was almost a reflection of its stateside run, as Minions hit theaters in July with a massive $115.7 million domestic gross, which is the second biggest opening for an animated film in U.S. history, with only Shrek the Third earning more (having opened to $121.6 million in 2007).
As perhaps the only non-child who isn’t sick to death of Minions, I’d like to offer a hearty congratulations to Universal! (Seriously, between this, Furious 7, and Jurassic World, it’s been an amazing 2015 for those guys)