Box-Office Milestone: 'Minions' Crosses $1B

Minions Still 3 - H 2015
Universal Pictures

Minions Still 3 - H 2015

The movie is only the third animated title in history to hit that mark, while Universal becomes the first studio to boast three billion-dollar babies in a given year.

Minions has crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, a rare feat for an animated film.

The movie, from Illumination Entertainment and Universal, has grossed $321.9 million domestically and $682 million internationally to become the No. 3 animated film of all time and the top grossing of 2015 to date, not accounting for inflation.

This milestone also marks the first time any studio has had three films cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office in a single year. Furious 7 has earned $1.51 billion for Universal, while Jurassic World has earned $1.628 billion to date.

Global Grosses 8/30/15

Rentrak Actuals for Weekend of 8/30/15
Weekend Cume
1. Terminator Genisys $23.8M $409.3M
2. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation $23.6M $471.1M
3. Straight Outta Compton $19.7M $140.9M
4. Minions $17.8M $1.0B
5. Hitman: Agent 47 $17.0M $36.4M
6. The Hundred Regiments Offensive $16.2M $18.7M
7. The Dead End $14.0M $18.5M
8. Inside Out $12.3M $715.6M
9. War Room $11.3M $11.3M
10. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. $10.0M $66.3M

The only other animated titles that have crossed $1 billion are Disney's Frozen ($1.274 billion) and Pixar's Toy Story 3 ($1.06 billion).

Pixar and Disney's Inside Out, the summer's other animated tentpole, has earned $701 million to date. It's ahead of Minions in the U.S. with $343 million in earnings, and has yet to open in many international markets.