Minions: The Rise of Gru breaks July 4th holiday weekend box office beating 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Debuted in theatres on July 1, 2022, Minions: The Rise of Gru is on a record-breaking streak at the global box office. The fifth movie in the Despicable Me franchise has absolutely crashed the weekend box office. The long-awaited prequel to Minions (2015) is the number one movie at the domestic and international box office this weekend.
The animated comedy fetched around three-day earnings of $108.5 million dollars. According to Variety, Minions: The Rise of Gru is expected to reach $127.9 million by Monday. Based on those estimates, Minions: The Rise of Gru will break the record for the highest movie opening over Independence Day, overtaking blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($115.9 million over four days).
The opening weekend numbers of Minions: The Rise of Gru has almost reached its predecessor, 2015’s Minions ($115 million over three days).
Also read: Despicable Me Franchise Box Office History
After Lightyear‘s poor box office opening of $70 million last month, the stakeholders were not assured of the feasibility of animated movies on the big screen. However, the record-shattering shattering numbers of Minions: The Rose of Gru is a positive sign and a testimony that the family crowds are highly receptive to good movies. Family-friendly movies can still be powerful performers at the box office.
Revival of box office
It seems that the box office is finally back to normal after a couple of struggling years. Besides Minions: The Rise of Gru, Top Gun: Maverick, and Jurassic World: Dominion continues to rake money. Jurassic World: Dominion crosses the $800 million dollar mark at the global box office while Top Gun: Maverick adds another $35 million to take its overall tally to $1.1 billion.
Minions: The Rise of Gru Global Box Office
Minions: The Rise of Gru is also the number one movie globally with estimated weekend earnings of $195.7 million. It has grossed over $220 million worldwide to date.
The movie is a sequel to the spin-off prequel Minions (2015) and the fifth entry overall in the Despicable Me franchise. It is the highest-grossing animated film franchise and the 15th highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over $3.7 billion globally.