Universal's Minions beat Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million) and Shrek 2 ($108 million) but fall short of Shrek the Third ($121.6 million)
Universal’s “Minions” is ruling the domestic box office.
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The 3-D comedy film, which was released on July 10, pulled in a massive $115.2 million at the North American box office, making it the second biggest animated film opening ever.
The film fall short of surpassing the all-time record of biggest animated opening, set by “Shrek the Third” in 2007, which earned $121.6 million in its debut weekend. Nevertheless, Minions did beat Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million) and Shrek 2 ($108 million). Another recent offering “Inside Out” managed to crack the all-time list with $90.4 million on its debut weekend.
The film is directed by Pierre Coffin who has a solid track record with “Despicable Me” series, the sequels of Minions. The story revolves about small, single-celled yellow creatures who live to serve but were forced to isolate themselves from the world after their master’s got killed one after another. As a result, they fall in deep depression and decide to find an evil master for themselves. One minion Kevin, alongside his pals, Stuart and Bob starts a search which leads them to the Scarlet Overkill, a super-villainess.
“You don’t understand their words, you don’t understand their grammar, but you do understand when they’re in a position of conflict, if they’re sad or if they’re happy,” director Pierre Coffin said. “They’re this legacy of silent films, except that we stuck ridiculous words on them.”
Director Pierre Coffin lends his voice to the Kevin, Bob, Stuart and all the Minions while Sandra Bullock voiced the super-villainess Scarlet Overkill. The film is set in 1960’s New York.
“The Minions have been living alone in ice cave for decades and decades. So New York City for them is the amazing metropolis. They’ve never seen skyscrapers or this kind of hustle and bustle before.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, Minions is Universal’ third film this year which went on to make $100 million in its opening weekend. “Furious 7” and “Jurassic World” are the other blockbuster hits of the studio this year so far.
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