‘Minions’ Swarm the Box Office

Minions overran the box office on the weekend as audiences in the US and Canada shelled out an estimated $115.2 million to see the evil-master-serving horde frolic on the big screen.The bright, babbling baldies have become key characters in the franchise from Universal’s Illumination Entertainment. Directed by Peter Coffin, who co-directed the Despicable Me 1 and 2 and voices the Minions, the movie easily beat Jurassic World, another Universal picture that grossed $18.1 million in its fifth weekend after release, according to box office tracker Rentrak. Disney’s Inside Out came in third with $17.1 million in its fourth weekend.

It pushed 2010 Best Picture Oscar nominee Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million) and Shrek 2 ($108 million) into third and fourth place respectively. And having made $46.2 million on Friday, Minions scored the highest ever opening day for an animated film, besting Toy Story 3’s $41.7 million record.


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