Gru’s army of little yellow minions won’t be regarded as just mere sidekicks anymore. The debut movie of the mumbling villainous creatures had amassed US $115.2 million on its weekend run in North America alone. Not bad for a self-titled movie. Reports said it was the second-biggest animated opening of all time.
The movie tells the story of yellow characters who traveled the world in search of the perfect and most despicable master, until they stumbled onto Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock.
Paul Dergarabedian, analyst of box office tracker Rentrak, said “Minions” had all the perfect ingredients to make it big in its first weekend run. It had great marketing, a perfect release date and multiple high-profile product tie-ins.
“Those gave it a guaranteed hit and perhaps one of the most perfectly realized movie spin-offs ever.”
And it’s not only in North America that Gru’s sidekicks made it. Their debut movie has so far earned an impressive $395.7 million worldwide, portal TV3 said. To think that the spin-off/prequel to the “Despicable Me” flicks only worked on a $74 million budget. It occupied the No. 1 spot in majority of the 30 other countries where it debuted over the weekend, including Mexico, Russia, France and Venezuela.
“Given that they seek to work for the most evil people on the planet, they give off this incredible happiness,” Duncan Clark, Universal’s president of international distribution, was quoted by the Associated Press. “I think the quality they’re proving to have is a common denominator appeal across all cultures.”
How other movies fared over the weekend:
- “Minions,” $115.2 million ($124.3 million international).
- “Jurassic World,” $18.1 million ($21.7 million international).
- “Inside Out,” $17.1 million ($19.1 million international).
- “Terminator Genisys,” $13.7 million ($47.3 million international).
- “The Gallows,” $10 million ($1.2 million international).
- “Magic Mike XXL,” $9.6 million ($10.3 million international).
- “Ted 2,” $5.6 million ($12.2 million international).
- “Self/less,” $5.4 million ($55,000 international).
- “Max,” $3.4 million.
- “Spy,” $3 million ($1.7 million international).
Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Saunders and Steve Carell likewise lend their voices to characters in Minions.
“The Minions are the stars of the Despicable Me franchise…kids love them, teens love them, and adults love them,” Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations, said.