‘Minions 2’ Set to Score First $100 Million-Plus Animated Opening at Box Office Since ‘Frozen II’

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Universal/Illumination’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” has dramatically raised the bar for family films at the post-shutdown box office, earning an excellent opening day of $48 million and an estimated three-day opening of $109 million, becoming the first animated film to post a $100 million-plus launch since “Frozen II” in November 2019.

Any concerns about long-term drops in family turnout after Disney/Pixar’s “Lightyear” underperformed can be dispelled. “Minions 2” is posting a higher opening weekend than any of the three main “Despicable Me” films, and its estimated four-day opening of $129 million — which includes projected July 4 numbers — will top the $115 million three-day opening of the first “Minions” in 2015. It will also rank among the top 10 highest openings ever for an animated film.

Audiences who show up to a “Despicable Me” film know what they’re getting, and “Minions 2” satisfied them with sterling audiences scores of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore. This will mean that even when Disney/Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” takes away premium screen support and a good chunk of general audiences next weekend, “Minions 2” should continue to have a strong run through July with families.

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The box office riches keep coming with the other films in the top 5, all of which posted strong holds. Leading them is the king of holds, Paramount/Skydance’s “Top Gun: Maverick” with a sixth weekend total of $26.2 million, just 11% down from last weekend’s $30 million haul. The $1 billion hit is now set to cross $600 million in domestic grosses this coming weekend.

Warner Bros.’ “Elvis” is third with an estimated second weekend of $17.5 million, a 44% drop from its $30 million opening. The $85 million biopic is on track for an estimated two-weekend total of $70 million.

Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion” is fourth with $16 million in its fourth weekend while Blumhouse’s “The Black Phone” earned a 50% hold in its second weekend with $11 million. The “Jurassic” trilogy capper will raise its total to $336 million by the end of the weekend while the $18 million “Black Phone” is now turning a profit with a two-weekend total of $49 million.

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