I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Children love animated movies starring gibberish-speaking Twinkies that try to hump fire hydrants. Minions was always going to be a financial, if not critical success — the films it was spun-off from, Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, earned $543 million and $970 million at the worldwide box office. It was just a matter of how much money it was going to steal from the pockets of poor parents everywhere. The answer: A lot. Ten weeks after being released, Minions has made $1,080,133,195 worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing animated movie of all-time. It’s a runaway success (sorry).
Opening to an estimated $20.1 million, Minions earned the biggest opening day for an animated film ever in China. As a result, its box office total is now at $1.08 billion worldwide, making Minions the 15th biggest film ever (not accounting for inflation). (Via Entertainment Weekly)
Minions is one of four movies released this year in the all-time top 15 (the others being Jurassic World, Furious 7, and Avengers: Age of Ultron), which is one more than the number of movies that came out in the 1990s in the top 20 (Titanic, Jurassic Park, and The Phantom Menace). Inflation has been kind to Minions, as has the worldwide box office because, domestically, it’s only (“only”) number five for the year, one slot ahead of Cinderella. That’s a lot of numbers, so tl;dr: Executives at Universal have dollar signs in the shape of bananas in their eyes.
Expect a lot more fire hydrant-humping to come.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)