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Minions Sequel Rakes in Astounding $108 Million At Box Office. Positive for Movie Theaters Post Covid-19

Minions is the latest blockbuster to rake in more than $100 million on its opening weekend as families flocked to …

Minions is the latest blockbuster to rake in more than $100 million on its opening weekend as families flocked to the box office over the July 4 holiday.

Minions: The Rise of Gru, made by illumination and distributed by Comcast (ticker: CMCSA)- owned NBCUniversal, made a whopping $108 million in the U.S according to data released by Comscore.

The animation comes in strong next to Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, which took home $156 million in the U.S and Canada over the Memorial Day weekend, and Jurassic World Dominion, which earned roughly $143 million.

Minions, a spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise and a sequel to the 2015 Minions film, had its release date postponed from 2020 as the studio opted to wait for a theatre release rather than go down the streaming route.

Minion’s success is evidence “that families absolutely want to be in theatres,” said Jim Orr, president of domestic theatrical distribution at NBCUniversal. “Regardless of what pressures the pandemic put upon certain features, this is just a great example of people wanting to be out and be together and laugh together.”