Maverick ‘approaches $1.2 billion as ‘Minions 2’ nears $400 million

In weekend box office news that isn’t about Thor: Love and ThunderIllumination and Universal Minions: The Rise of Gru earned an additional $45.5 million (-57%) for a new domestic cume of $210 million after ten days. This makes it the first animated film to exceed $200 million domestic since Frozen II ($477 million) in late 2019. The $80 million animated sequel (at Minions) and prequel (to Despicable Me) suffered a fall almost identical to Minions after debuting $115 million in July 2015 despite MCU contest winning 2.46x The ant ManThe first weekend of $58 million. So while the #GentleMinions helped out a bit last weekend, they weren’t a definite variable in the $123M Friday-Monday debut. The film now sits with a comically boring $399.9 million worldwide, which means it will pass $400 million and Sing 2 ($402 million) to become the world’s largest animation producer since Frozen II ($1.445 billion) in a day or two.

Minions was shorter ($336 million on a $115 million opening weekend in 2015) than The secret life of pets ($368 million from a debut of $104 million in 2016) and Despicable Me 3 ($272 million from a Friday-Tuesday debut of $99 million in 2017). A race like Minions would give Minions 2 a $325-335 million finish. As Thor: Love and Thunder probably/perhaps “only” earn about as much as Thor: Ragnarok, I’m not going to smear a very lucrative sequel to a very lucrative predecessor. See also: Jurassic World Dominion ‘only’ grossing $375 million domestically, down from $417 million fallen kingdom. In my time (before the 2000s), the sequels, unless they were singular cultural events (Terminator 2, Rambo: First Blood, Part II, etc.), had to earn less than their predecessors. Dream works’ The villains (also Universal) earned $244 million worldwide on an $80 million budget.

Whereas Minions 2 narrowly missed the $400 million mark, Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick will have to wait a few days to reach $1.2 billion worldwide. The $170 million legacy sequel earned another $15.5 million (-40%) in weekend seven, again marking the third-biggest weekend behind Titanic ($26 million) and Avatar ($31 million). He brought in more than The passion of Christ’s $15.2 million in the seventh weekend (when the Mel Gibson film saw a +43% increase over Easter weekend) and has now grossed $597 million domestically. Its global cumulation is currently 1.1836 billion dollars, between Minions ($1.159 billion) and iron man 3 ($1.215 billion) in 22nd place. it will pass Incredibles 2 ($608 million), The Last Jedi ($620 million) and The Avengers ($623 million) over the next two weeks to break into the all-time national top ten. As for the global scale, it still has a chance to reach $1.3 billion by the end.

Warner Bros.’ Elvis earned an additional $11 million (-40%) on weekend three for a 17-day run of $91.122 million. With word that the Baz Luhrmann-directed rock-n-roll biopic won’t be heading to HBO Max after 45 days (I guess Zsaslov is less of a die-hard than Kilar), he should continue to be one of the only adult- distorting non-horror “event films” (alongside Top Gun: Maverick and maybe/hopefully Where the Crawdads sing next weekend) of the summer. It is expected to top $100 million domestic next weekend and soon top Walt Disney’s Light year ($112 million after another 55% drop in weekend four). So far, it has grossed $155 million worldwide on an $85 million budget. Award season nominee Austin Butler/Tom Hanks showed that A) live-action musicals can still be event movies like they were in the pre-Covid era and B) Warner Bros. Only Batman and Harry Potter remain.

from Amblin Jurassic World Dominion earned $8.41 million (-49%) over weekend five. This gives him a national income of $350 million over 31 days. Colin Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael’s $185 million dinosaur trio will arrive on “Rent It For $20” PVOD next Thursday. Still, history shows that such a circumstance shouldn’t hurt the movie’s theatrical release much. We are still looking at a national income above/below $370 million. With $876 million and counting worldwide, we can expect a global total over/under $925 million. by Blumhouse The black phone earned $7.66 million (-37%) in weekend three for a tremendous haul of $62 million domestically and $99 million worldwide. This one might also drop on PVOD next Thursday, but Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill’s $19 million fun shot some strong legs for an R-rated Walt Disney original horror movie. Light year earned $2.9 million in weekend four for a paltry $112.2 million domestic and $202 million worldwide.

Those who blame its LGBT content should take a look at those Thor 4 and Jurassic World 3 big. The Pixar sci-fi actor /toy story the spin-off will not come close The Good Dinosaur123 million dollars of domestic sperm. A24 is charming and lively Marcel the shod shell expanded to 48 theaters on weekend three before its wide expansion next weekend. It grossed $340,000 (+30%) on weekend three for a 17-day run-up of $963,416. Thanks to the blowing performance of Everywhere (who played the marcel trailer before each screening), I’m cautiously optimistic for this delightful little family melodrama. Trust but verify. Talking about that, Everything, everywhere, all at once fell outside the top ten for the first time since going wide, earning $241,188 (-56%) for a domestic cume of $67.6 million. Next week will be the first time since March 2020 that all of the top ten films will earn at least $1 million.

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