‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ No Small Fry At Independence Day Box Office With $116M+ Opening

Moviegoers can’t resist dinosaurs, and they can’t resist Minions, especially when they’re coming from Universal.

The studio has a big Fourth of July winner in the fifth Illumination movie starring

the little guys as Minions: The Rise of Gru will see a $116.6M 4-day holiday opening

and a $98.7M 3-day after a $43M opening day (which includes Thursday night’s $10.75M) at 4,391 theaters.

Minions: The Rise of Gru is the fifth-highest opening of 2022 after Doctor Strange in

the Multiverse of Madness ($187.4M), Jurassic World Dominion

($145M), The Batman ($134M) and Top Gun: Maverick ($126.7M).

Rise of Gru is easily the top opening for an animated movie during the pandemic and

the best for the Independence Day holiday in the Covid era, and it’s the fifth Despicable Me/Minions title to open at No. 1 in U.S./Canada.