‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Heads for Success With Planned $129.2 Million Independence Day Opening – SABC News

Universal and Illumination’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” sets off fireworks at the box office on July 4 and forecasts a $129.2 million opening over the four-day holiday weekend at 4,400 locations.

On a three-day scale, the Despicable Me prequel is expected to gross $109.4 million. That number would be the highest domestic premiere for an animated film since 2019’s Frozen 2, marking a huge boost for family-friendly fare following lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illumination production surged to an explosive $10.75 million in Thursday’s forecasts, with forecasts initially in the $65-$75 million range for the long holiday weekend. The Rise of Gru now nearly doubles those estimates.

If the Minions sequel lives up to its current projections, the film will break the box office record for the weekend of July 4th. Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon is currently the highest-grossing film for a four-day Independence Day frame – the 2011 blockbuster grossed $115.9 million during that period.

Also, The Rise of Gru has a chance to become Illumination’s all-time top national opener. The film’s prequel, 2015’s Minions, is currently considered the animation studio’s best with a three-night opening gross of $115.7 million. The sequel could surpass that number if it keeps growing over the weekend. In other words, the Minions might be bigger than ever.

Minions: The Rise of Gru is both a sequel to 2015’s Minions and a prequel to Despicable Me. The film follows a 12-year-old Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) who grows up in awe of a team of supervillains. Gru longs to join them and asks his sentient, athletic pill creatures to sit on the sidelines at the interview. Of course, things aren’t going quite the way Gru expects. The cast also includes Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren and Danny Trejo.

With little competition for kid-friendly films on the immediate horizon, Universal is hoping Minions: The Rise of Gru has a long run at the summer box office. Word of mouth should be strong as audiences gave the film an “A” rating from research firm Cinema Score, indicating enthusiastic approval.

Critics have also generally been kind to The Rise of Gru, with the film earning an overall approval rating of 70% from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety’s senior film critic Peter Debruge quite liked what he called a “delightfully silly sequel.” He wrote: “Six months into 2022, it’s the funnest movie Hollywood has produced yet. The audience knows what to expect and Illumination delivers by offering another feel-good dose of bad behavior.”

In the now-weekly segment of “Gosh, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is falling just how much?” the Tom Cruise sequel is forecasting a paltry 9% drop from its performance last weekend and posting a three-day gain of 26.8 million US dollars. The numbers shouldn’t come as a surprise after more than a month of dominating the box office, especially given that the star-studded sequel is essentially touting itself as the ultimate film to watch 4th of July weekend, though they continue to impress .

“Maverick,” which was co-financed and co-produced by Skydance, was set to go silver at the July 4 box office. The film will take its domestic gross to $572 million by Monday, further increasing the cap on its run as the top-grossing domestic release of 2022.

“Elvis” is heading for third place. The Warner Bros. publication added $5.3 million to its domestic gross on Friday, down a moderate 58% from its opening day last weekend. The film is expected to increase its total gross in North America to over $70 million by the holiday weekend.

With a production budget of $85 million, “Elvis” still has work to do to finish comfortably in the black. Still, the film managed to put together an impressive first ten days for a release aimed squarely at adult audiences with no ties to any franchise.

Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion is targeting fourth place, down a modest 39% from its performance last weekend. Though the film is being heralded as the finale to the Jurassic franchise, Dominion is expected to expand its domestic earnings to $336 million by Monday, suggesting the dinosaur-centric estate has plenty of gas left in the tank.

Fifth place should also go to Universal, with the Blumhouse production The Black Phone expected to gross $11.9 million over three days. That’s only a 50% drop since it opened last weekend, which is a comparatively strong influence for the horror genre. The feature film, directed by Scott Derrickson, only has an $18 million production. With the film set to expand its domestic sales to $50 million by Monday, Universal and Blumhouse should be glowing about the turnaround.

Alongside the top five, Disney’s Lightyear faces the heat of Minions: The Rise of Gru, which draws family audiences. Pixar manufacturing added $2 million to its domestic shipments on Friday, down 64% from the previous week. The Toy Story spinoff was one of Pixar’s slowest films to surpass $100 million in domestic gross earnings and is yet to surpass Toy Story 4’s $120 million figure in its opening weekend in Hollywood reach year 2019.

In terms of previous Pixar productions, “Lightyear” is on track to land in the neighborhood of the lowest-grossing studios domestically. The film has only surpassed the $61.5 million of 2020’s Onward, which was hit by the pandemic. Now it appears above The Good Dinosaur ($123 million), Cars 3 ($152 million), A Bug’s Life ($162 million) and, if the box office legs are stronger than expected prove to outgrow Cars 2 ($191 million) and the first Toy Story ($192 million).

“Mr. Malcolm’s List,” a Regency romantic drama, doesn’t make much of an impact on its domestic debut. The film is expected to gross $1.03 million over the four-day holiday frame from 1,384 locations, which is a meager $741 per Theatrical equivalent. Bleecker Street handles North American distribution.

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Heads for Success With Planned $129.2 Million Independence Day Opening – SABC News

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