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Italy Revives Tepid Box Office With $3 Tickets, ‘Minions 2’

Italy’s version of National Cinema Day — a five-day event called Cinema in festa offering discount tickets for certain films at participating theaters across the country —has proved a major success, with more than 1.1 million people crowding in, bringing in around $3.9 million (€4 million) in box office revenue. Compared to the previous week, […]

Box Office: August Revenue Tumbles 43 Percent From Pre-Pandemic Times

A slow August at the domestic box office wasn’t an ideal way to end a summer that was otherwise a huge boon for theater owners and Hollywood studios as they collectively emerged from the COVID-19 crisis. Revenue for August 2022 looks to clock in at estimated $475 million-$477 million, which — outside of the past […]

Box Office Dispatch: How Real Is the Boom and Will It Last?

For the first time since the pandemic began, revenue at the domestic box office almost crossed $1 billion in June as some semblance of normalcy returned to the multiplex. Hollywood studios released a small army of event titles that found their audiences, but executives remain anxious about a gap in the calendar once the summer […]

Box Office: ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Sparks Meme Frenzy Among Young Males

Minions: The Rise of Gru has a surprising demo to thank for setting off fireworks at the July Fourth box office with one of the best animated tentpole openings in history: male teenagers and younger male adults. The TikTok meme #GentleMinions has been gaining strength throughout the long holiday weekend as male Generation Z’ers showed […]

‘Minions: Rise of Gru’ Lights Up Record July 4th Box Office Fireworks With $125.2M Opening

What a fireworks show. The long Fourth of July holiday weekend was a box office extravaganza for Hollywood as Minions: The Rise of Gru scored a huge four-day opening of $125.2 million domestically, according to Monday estimates. That includes $107 million for the three days, although grosses could shift in either direction when weekend actuals […]

Events of the Week: ‘Only Murders in the Building,’ ‘Black Bird’ and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including red carpets for Only Murders in the Building, Black Bird, Minions: The Rise of Gru and Mr. Malcolm’s List. Minions: The Rise of Gru premiere Universal debuted its most recent Despicable Me flick in Hollywood on Saturday, […]

Box Office: ‘Minions: Rise of Gru’ Takes Off With Huge $10.8M in Previews

Illumination and Universal’s July Fourth event movie Minions: The Rise of Gru began landing in select North American theaters Thursday afternoon, grossing an excellent $10.8 million in previews from 3,350 locations. By Friday, the family animated pic will be playing in approximately 4,400 theaters in the U.S and Canada. The movie — which saw its […]

‘Lightyear’ Box Office: Behind the Pixar Movie’s Family Problem

In early January of this year, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 set off a loud boom at the domestic box office when opening to $72.1 million in theaters. Paramount insiders estimated that nearly 60 percent of the audience on opening weekend was kids and parents, proving that families were indeed willing to set aside concerns about […]

Massive Film Marketing Spends Are Back as Summer Tentpole Season Kicks Off

The summer box office turned into a “thing” nearly five decades ago when Steven Spielberg’s Jaws broke all records to become the first film to cross $100 million domestically after Universal spent an unprecedented $700,000 on TV advertising. Some 47 years later, the summer of 2022 is more important than ever as Hollywood attempts to return […]

Universal’s ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ to Open Annecy Animation Festival

As it returns with a hybrid edition, the Annecy Animation Festival has added Hollywood glitz as it plans to open with Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru from Illumination Entertainment in June. The world premiere for the animated tentpole from director Kyle Balda will take place on June 13. Balda co-directed both Minions and […]

‘Minions: Rise of Gru’ Lands New Summer 2021 Release; ‘Sing 2,’ ‘Wicked’ Delayed

Universal has decided on a new release date for Illumination's delayed family tentpole 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' — July 2, 2021.

Universal Delays ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Early-July Release

'Minions: The Rise of Gru' has been taken off the calendar. The animated film had been set for July 3.