Italy Box Office: 'Minions' Becomes Highest Grossing Film of 2015

Minions Still 2 - H 2015
Universal Pictures

Minions Still 2 - H 2015

The animated feature has kicked ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ out of the top spot.

It’s been a good year for Italian cinemas, with the top three films, Fifty Shades of Grey, American Sniper and Fast & Furious 7 all out-performing last year’s top earner Maleficent.

Global Grosses 9/14/15

Rentrak Actuals for Weekend of 9/14/15
Weekend Cume
1. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation $95.4M $613.0M
2. The Visit $29.5M $29.5M
3. Minions $27.7M $1.1B
4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials $26.8M $26.8M
5. The Perfect Guy $26.7M $26.7M
6. Fack ju Gohte 2 $20.0M $21.2M
7. Straight Outta Compton $8.4M $180.7M
8. Transporter Refueled $7.9M $25.8M
9. War Room $7.7M $40.6M
10. Inside Out $6.8M $747.4M

Now Minions has overtaken them all, pulling in $22.35 million (19.76 million euros) since its release on August 27. It grossed $8.1 million in its first four opening days alone.

With nearly three million admissions, the film is the most viewed in Italy this year, and has even topped Frozen’s 2013 box office receipts. Frozen, however, still holds the global record for highest grossing animated film.  

Minions pulled in a further $4.84 million in the past week, crushing Paper Towns ($1.35 million) and Fantastic Four ($1.03 million).

Lucky Red took the number four spot with its cult Japanese animation Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F, with a healthy pull of $587,968.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing drama Southpaw didn’t fare so well, pulling in just $515,340 in its second week out, behind Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.