The Minions began its theatrical run with stunning and incredible scores, taking in $108.5 million, a total that could rise to $127.9 million by Monday and the end of the U.S. holiday weekend, according to estimates from trade firm Exhibitor Relations.
The film Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru, delayed by Universal for two years due to the pandemic, explores the origins of the main character of the franchise that, since the first installment “Me, Ugly and Bad” (2010) has earned a whopping 3.7 billion USD at the box office, according to the specialized site IMDB.
Minions 2 goes back to the beginnings of Gru, the endearing failed villain of this saga who, as a teenager and surrounded by an army of Minions, seeks to join a group of super-villains, the Vicious 6. A project that will inevitably go off the rails.
Top Gun: Maverick remains in second place and should continue to break the bank, earning $32.5 million at the box office in its sixth week of release, bringing its total revenue to $571 million.
The latest Top Gun, thirty-six years later, was hailed by the critics. Tom Cruise still plays U.S. Navy test pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, now a captain, who must train younger pilots to bomb a rogue country’s uranium enrichment plant.
The film, Elvis, a baroque and extravagant biopic dedicated to the king of rock and roll, fell to third place, with 23.7 million for its second week in theaters.
Jurassic World: The Next World, the sixth installment of the cult dinosaur saga, came fourth with $19.2 million.
Black Phone, a horror film starring Ethan Hawke as a serial killer, came in fifth with $14.6 million.