MINIONS achieved world domination over the weekend, leading the global box office with nearly $400 million in their pockets. Meanwhile, coming in second for the weekend, JURASSIC WORLD creeps ever closer to securing the title of fourth highest grossing film of all time.
MINIONS, the DESPICABLE ME spin-off, scored an impressive $124.3 million in non-U.S box offices over the weekend. Combined with it’s $115.2 million American debut (and the pennies taken from it’s earlier release in other countries) the flick has racked up $395.7 million globally.
The Universal and Illumination Entertainment release screened in 56 territories, achieving the biggest animated opening ever in 25 of the countries where it played – a group that includes Russia, France, and Mexico.
Many analysts believe that due to its physical comedy (and thus it’s international humour appeal), it has a strong shot at passing the $1 billion mark worldwide. If successful, it would join JURASSIC WORLD and FURIOUS 7 as the third Universal release this year to achieve this outrageous haul. MINIONS is still yet to roll out in 11 more territories over the next two months, many of them in the Middle East.
After the weekend, JURASSIC WORLD is also bearing down on FURIOUS 7 as it looks to become the fourth highest grossing film in history. The dinosaur sequel picked up $21.7 million, bringing its global total to $1.46 billion.