The lovable yellow beings from “Despicable Me” showed they can carry a film as their first standalone, “Minions," took in $115.2 million in North America over the weekend.
That’s the second-largest animated opening in history, according to Variety.
The record holder is 2007’s “Shrek the Third,” which earned $121.6 million on its debut weekend.
Though the story of the silly Minions working under super-villains voiced by Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock had an estimated budget of only $74 million, the publicity and promotion for the film was nearly $600 million, according to Bloomberg Business.
The big opening for "Minions" continues the hot summer for Universal Studios, which released the film. Its previous releases, “Furious 7” and “Jurassic World,” have each surpassed $1 billion at the global box office, with “World” boasting the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.
“Minions” was above its late-week projections of $100 million to $115 million, according to Deadline. Things looked good for the film late Friday night when it took in a healthy $46.2 million on its opening day.
The other new releases this weekend didn’t put up much of a fight.
Horror film “The Gallows” took in $10 million domestically, while Ryan Reynolds’ latest, "Self/less," is another clunker for the actor, as it only grossed $5.4 million. But the good news for Reynolds is if Comic-Con is any indication, his upcoming “Deadpool” will fair much better.
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