July 13, 2015


'Minions' Makes History With $115 Million Box Office Debut

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Despicable Me 2 follow-up Minions become one of the summer's biggest movies over the weekend. Its $115 million domestic box office total made it the second-biggest opener ever in the animated film category. 

"Internationally, the film rolled out in 30 additional territories (it was already in 26) and made $124.3M," Box Office Mojo reports, "rolling up into an international total of $280.5M and a worldwide total of $395.7M."

Minions topped 2004's Shrek 2 ($108 million) and 2010's Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million). Shrek the Third still holds the record with its $121.6 million opener back in '07. The new flick did grab the record for biggest animated 3-D premiere ever with $46 million. That's a lot of people watching those cute, yellow, babbling freakazoids in three robust dimensions. 

Minions was directed by Kyle Balda, a first-timer on the feature film front, and Pierre Coffin who helmed the Despicable Me movies. It's now the fourth-biggest overall U.S. opener of 2015, behind Jurassic World ($209 million, the best in American history), The Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191 million) and Furious 7 ($147 million). Also noteworthy was its defeat of Pixar’s Inside Out, which made waves with its impressive $90 million debut weekend. Inside Out's up to $435 million worldwide so far; Minions is almost there after just three days.