Weekend Box Office: Universal’s MINIONS Takes #1 with $115.2M

Universal's Spin-Off Prequel

Yeah, the little yellow sidekicks indeed create some chaos of their own. Universal’s spin-off prequel Minions opened big with an estimated $115.2 million over the weekend, the second highest opening weekend of all-time for an animated feature behind Shrek the Third, which opened with $121.6 million in 2007.

Directed by Peter Coffin, the PG-rated picture easily beat Universal’s other mega-blockbuster, Jurassic World that grossed $18.1 million in its fifth weekend, snagging second place to Disney’s Inside Out’s $17.1 million. Minions was fun and hysterical, but maybe Despicable Me 3 will be even better. To be honest, I don’t get the love for Minions. They were just created to sell merchandise.

Terminator Genisys drop hard despite the mid-week start last weekend and fell to fourth place in its second weekend with $13.7 million. The Terminator franchise deserved better than this twist.

The sci-fi thriller Self/less, one of the other two newcomers got washed away from the top five with only an estimated $5.4 million this weekend, but the R-rated horror flick The Gallows snagged fifth place with $10 million.

Check out this weekend’s top-ten list based on studio estimates:

Studio Estimates

Join me next weekend for Marvel’s new Ant-Man movie and Amy Schumer‘s big-screen debut, Trainwreck, plus limited releases of Woody Allen‘s Irrational Man, starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix.