Friday, June 21, 2024

“Minions” Makes $115.2 Mil, Second Biggest Opening for Animated Film


UPDATE “Minions” finished with $115.2 million, making it the second biggest opening for an animated  film behind “Shrek the Third.”

Earlier, and wrong: “Minions” pulled in $46.2 million last night. Universal Pictures says it’s headed to a $120 million opening weekend. But just passing $104 million, which “Minions” will do– the number for “Shrek” in 20o4– makes it the biggest opening ever for an animated film.

“Minions” is the prequel to “Despicable Me” and “DM2,” which were monster hits for Universal. “Despicable Me” and “Minions” come from Illuminati Entertainment.

“Minions” cost just $75 million. Universal can really celebrate. They’ve had an extraordinary year so far.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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