‘Minions: Rise of Gru’ Shattering July 4th Box Office Records With $129M Opening

The long July 4th holiday weekend is turning into a bonanza for Hollywood as

Minions: The Rise of Gru heads for a huge four-day opening of $129.2 million

domestically, according to early estimates. That includes $109.5 million for the

three days. (Some rivals think it has a shot at approaching $140 million by the end of Monday.)

Overseas, the movie will cross $86 million by Sunday for a global booty of $200 million-plus.

Forget about breaking pandemic-era records for a family title; the Illumination

and Universal movie will boast one of the top starts

ever at the domestic box office for an animated

Hollywood tentpole, not adjusted for inflation.