‘Minions’ Dominate North American Theaters 4th of July Weekend

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‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’, the latest installment in the ‘Despicable Me’ animated franchise, crushed the competition at the North American box office in its opening weekend, taking 127.9 million dollars over the four-day 4th of July holiday.

Universal’s “Minions” far surpassed the number two movie, “Top Gun: Maverick,” which grossed $32.5 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.

“It’s a sensational opening,” said analyst David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.

“Family entertainment, more than any other genre, has struggled to find its footing during the pandemic,” he said. “This weekend, ‘Minions’ is breaking through and big animation is back in business.”

According to Variety, if confirmed, the box office would make the fifth chapter of the “Despicable Me” series about reformed super-villain Gru and his yellow Minions the highest movie opening on Independence Day, beating “Transformers: Dark”. of the Moon” in 2011. .”

No. 2 is Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” the audience-pleasing sequel to the original 1986 film that re-stars Tom Cruise as arrogant U.S. Navy test pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

The film has grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide.

Baz Luhrmann’s musical biopic “Elvis” – featuring relative newcomer Austin Butler as the King alongside Tom Hanks as his exploitative manager, Colonel Tom Parker – fell to third place during its second weekend of release, at $23.7 million.

Fourth place went to “Jurassic World Dominion,” Universal’s sixth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, at $19.2 million.

The latest dinosaur horror fest stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard alongside franchise originals Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum.

Rounding out the top five was horror film “The Black Phone” starring Ethan Hawke as a serial killer, which grossed $14.6 million in its second weekend in theaters.

Completing the top 10 were:

“Lightyear” ($8.1 million)

“Mr. Malcolm’s List” ($1 Million)

“Everything, everywhere, all at once” ($673,000)

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (482,000)

“Marcel the shell with shoes” ($307,750)

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