Box Office: ‘Minions’ Dethrones ‘Jurassic World’, Posts Record Opening Weekend
After a month at the top of the box office, Jurassic World has finally been dethroned.
Minions is the new No. 1 movie in America. The prequel to the Despicable Me movies posted a record-breaker of an opening weekend. With a debut of $115.2 million, Minions has achieved the second-biggest opening weekend of all time for an animated movie. While the all-time top animated opening still belongs to Shrek the Third ($122.5 million), Minions was still able to topple Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million).
Opening two weekends ago in international markets, Minions has grossed an additional $280.5 million during the course of its run so far, meaning Minions has earned $395.7 million worldwide so far.
And that’s not all. The $46.2 million the movie grossed on Friday in North America made it the best opening day in history for an animated film. Having cost $74 million to produce, Minions has already earned back its budget for Universal and Illumination Entertainment. Several times over, in fact. So while Despicable Me has become a lucrative franchise for Universal, it appears this spinoff has the potential to become its own money-making franchise in its own right.
Another big money-maker this weekend was The Gallows. The movie opened at No. 5 with what would appear to be an underwhelming $10 million gross. But when you consider that this movie cost under $1 million to make, that number starts looking a whole hell of a lot better. Not many movies this year will manage to make ten times their budget. The Gallows, which tells the tale of students staging a revival of an old school play 20 years after a horrible accident, hasn’t been all that well-received by critics. But it doesn’t seem to have hurt the film’s profitability too much. Hell, there’s nothing else out there right now for horror fans, so I would imagine that’s at least partially responsible for the solid turnout.
The other new entry this weekend was Self/less, starring Ryan Reynolds and Oscar-winniner Ben Kingsley. The body-swap thriller, which cost $26 million to make, opened to a disappointing $5.4 million to come in 8th place. This was another movie that was ripped to shreds by critics, although I’m not sure it would have mattered whether critics loved this or not, since the marketing for this thing seemed virtually nonexistent outside of a few last-minute commercials in primetime. This has been a crowded summer for must-see movies, and Self/less didn’t really offer moviegoers a reason to go out of their way to see it. So this movie bombing wasn’t too big of a surprise, although No. 8 is lower than I would have expected. But it’s hard to compete with movies that are still popular a month after release.
Case in point, Jurassic World is still going strong, five weekends into its run. The dinosaur blockbuster came in at No. 2 with $18.1 million, allowing it to reach $590.7 million in North America. This puts the film on track to become only the fourth movie in history to reach $600 million domestically. And that’s not too shabby, considering it puts Jurassic World in company with Avatar ($760.5 million), Titanic ($658.7 million) and The Avengers ($623.4 million).
Coming in at No. 3 is Inside Out, which suffered a bit from the Minions competition. Still, for a film currently in its fourth weekend, Inside Out is still raking in impressive numbers, earning $17.1 million to bring its domestic gross to $283.6 million. The news, however, wasn’t nearly as good for the fourth-place finisher this weekend. Terminator Genisys earned an underwhelming $13.7 million to come in at No. 4 in its second weekend. The movie, which continues to struggle in North America after a disappointing opening weekend, is faring quite a bit better internationally, earning $47.3 million for a foreign gross of $156.1 million. Still, for a major blockbuster, Terminator Genisys really ought to be posting stronger numbers. I mean, it’s a pretty decent movie, all things considered. Well, I thought so, at least.
But how did the other films fare at the weekend box office? Check out the Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 07/13/2015
1. Minions ($115.2 million)
2. Jurassic World ($18.1 million)
3. Inside Out ($17.1 million)
4. Terminator Genisys ($13.7 million)
5. The Gallows ($10 million)
6. Magic Mike XXL ($9.6 million)
7. Ted 2 ($5.5 million)
8. Self/less ($5.3 million)
9. Max ($3.4 million)
10. Spy ($3 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
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