Box Office: 'Minions' Boasts Record $115.2M Debut for $395.7M Global Total
In North America, the prequel gobbled up the No. 2 weekend opening of all time for an animated film; overseas, it earned another $124.3 million for an early global total of $395.7 million.
In another victory for moviegoing in North America, Minions jabbered its way to an estimated $115.2 million debut to nab the second-biggest opening weekend of all time for an animated title, not accounting for inflation. And overseas, where it began rolling out two weekends ago, the family title also placed No. 1 with $124.3 million from 56 markets for a whopping foreign total of $280.5 million and early global cume of $395.7 million.
That includes a $46.2 million Friday domestically, the best opening day in history for an animated film. The victory is all the more sweet, considering Illumination Entertainment and Universal spent $74 million to make the Despicable Me prequel, a relatively modest number for an animated title.
Shrek the Third ($122.5 million) continues to boast the biggest three-day debut of all time, while Minions, playing in 4,301 theaters, beat out Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million). Only one other animated film, Shrek 2 ($108 million), has crossed $100 million in its first weekend. Thanks in large part to Minions, overall box office revenue was up more than 40 percent over the same weekend last year.
"Audiences of all ages, and especially kids and families, just love these characters, and we had a tremendous marketing and merchandising effort," said Universal domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou. "We have now opened three movies this year to over $100 million — Minions, Furious 7 and Jurassic World — something no other studio has done in history."
Internationally, Minions has scored the biggest opening for an animated title in 25 markets — including $12.2 million in France, the top debut for any film since 2012 and Universal's No. 1 of all time. And in Mexico and Russia, it sported the second-biggest opening weekend of all time for any film with $19.7 million and $14.3 million, respectively.
In North America, comparisons to Despicable Me 2 are difficult, since the sequel debuted over the long Fourth of July weekend in 2013, earning $143.1 million for the Wednesday-Sunday stretch, including a three-day take of $83.5 million.
Minions, receiving an A CinemaScore, follows the minions as they attend Villain-Con in Florida and find a new master in Scarlett Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock. She's determined to rule England and soon, the gang all travel to London. The voice cast also includes Pierre Coffin, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan and Geoffrey Rush.
The family film skewed female (59 percent), while 32 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 13. The non-family audience was also strong (40 percent). Caucasians (45 percent) and Hispanics (34 percent) made up the majority of the audience.
Elsewhere, Blumhouse and Entertainment 360's microbudgeted horror film The Gallows opened to an estimated $10 million from 3,376 locations, putting it at No. 5. Overseas, it took in $1.3 million from its first 13 markets.
The movie, acquired by New Line and Warner Bros., cost under $1 million to make. The film centers on students who resurrect a failed high school play 20 years after a horrific accident in a small town. Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing directed Gallows, which has been skewered by critics and earned a C CinemaScore (not unusual for a horror offering).
This weekend's third new offering was Gramercy Pictures' $26 million sci-fi thriller Self/less, starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Tarsem Singh. The indie movie, from Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict, quickly transformed into a box-office disappointment, opening to $5.4 million from 2,353 theaters for an eighth-place finish.
Self/less was made when Peter Schlessel was still running FilmDistrict; once he took over Focus Features, that company took over distribution duties (Gramercy is Focus' genre division). A good chunk of the movie's budget was covered through foreign presales.
Also ravaged by critics, Self/less revolves around a dying wealthy man whose consciousness is transformed into the body of a healthy young man.
Elsewhere, Universal's Jurassic World came in No. 2 in its fifth weekend with $18.1 million from 3,441 locations for a domestic total of $590.7 million. It is poised to become only the fourth film in history to cross the $600 million mark domestically after Avatar ($760.5 million), Titanic ($658.7 million) and The Avengers ($623.4 million).
Minions no doubt took a bite out of Pixar and Disney's Inside Out, which placed No. 3 its its fourth weekend with $17.1 million from 3,644 theaters for a domestic total of $283.6 million. Overseas, where the animated tentpole is rolling out slowly, Inside Out grossed $19.1 million from 44 territories for a global haul of $435.4 million.
Paramount and Skydance's Terminator: Genisys continued to struggle, earning a meek $13.7 million in its second frame from 3,783 locations for a domestic cume of $68.7 million. Internationally, Genisys grossed an OK $47.3 million from 60 markets for a foreign cume of $156.1 million and world tally of $224.8 million.
Warner Bros.' Magic Mike XXL earned $9.6 million from 3,376 theaters in its sophomore session for a North American total of $48.4 million. Overseas, the comedy grossed $10.3 million from 30 markets for a foreign cume of $20.5 million and global total of $68.9 million.
Several comedies, including the Magic Mike sequel and Ted 2, have struggled this summer. One standout is Paul Feig's James Bond spoof Spy. The Fox movie, with an ensemble cast led by Melissa McCarthy, has jumped the $200 million mark globally for a total of $219.9 million through Sunday, including $103.5 million domestically.
Also this weekend, Fox celebrated YA film adaptation Paper Towns opening in its first market, Brazil, where it grossed a strong $2.4 million. Based on John Green's novel of the same name, the film opens in the U.S. and other parts of the world later in July.
The U.S. specialty box office saw a flurry of new openings — including the late Robin Williams' final film, Boulevard — while Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary Amy continued to post some of the biggest numbers in years for a documentary as it expanded into a total of 341 theaters in its second outing, grossing $1.8 million and moving up the box-office chart to No. 12. Released in the U.S. by A24 Films, Amy's domestic total is $2.1 million, while its weekend screen average was $5,131.
Boulevard, which is getting a limited theatrical release from Starz Digital, earned $7,054 for from one theater. The film's debut was delayed after Williams' death.
Transgender dramedy Tangerine impressed with a $64,255 debut in four theaters for a location average of $16,064 for Magnolia. IFC Films/Sundance Selects' Do I Sound Gay? debuted to $11,128 at the IFC Center in New York City. Flimmaker David Thorpe's documentary explores the accuracy and stereotypes of speech patterns among gay men.
And opening in 170 theaters, Indian epic Baahubali grossed a strong $3 million to come in No. 11.
July 12, 8:50 a.m. Updated with foreign numbers for Minions.
MAGIC MIKE XXL