The production of Illuminations Minions: The Rise of Gru is examining record-breaking box office figures on the Fourth of July weekend. The animated prequel to the hit Despicable Me spinoff series is expected to earn $129.2 million over the extended four-day weekend, with $109 million in three days, including a opening day gross of $48 million, which includes $10.75 million from Thursday previews.
The first Minions film received $115 million in its three-day appearance, which Rise of Gru might benefit once the dust settles on the weekend. It has already outperformed other Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($115 million in 2011), Spider-Man 2 ($115 million in 2004) and Despicable Me 3 ($99 million in 2017).
According to forecasts, Rise of Gru is set to make between $65 million and $75 million in the weekend. In fact, this is the greatest opening for an animated feature since 2019s Frozen 2, which suggests that children's films will finally arrive soon following a positive performance from Sing 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and The Bad Guys.
The Despicable Me series has set a new bar, with two out of four previously released films exceeding the $1 billion mark worldwide. Rise of Gru is considering a global opening of $202 million, which should be successful in its attempt to achieve similar success.
Despite progressing past numerous records, Maverick failed to reach $1 billion at the global box office last month. With an expected $34 million across the extended weekend ($26 million in three days after a measly 9% decrease), the film will reach a staggering $572 million in the coming weekend. The euphoric Maverick is an obvious choice for the holiday weekend, and a domestic finish of $600 million looks to be complete as it prepares to land on the Paramount+ streaming app.
The film from director Baz Luhrmann's Elvis is expected to reach the top three this weekend, with $5.3 million on its second Friday, and a potential $25 million throughout the extended weekend. By Monday, the films will reach an additional $70 million, a huge amount for an adult-skewing drama of unprecedented length. Warner Bros. should be pleased that older viewers came out to see the film on the big screen after largely sitting out the last two years.
Jurassic World Dominion is expected to take the third place, bringing its operating domestic total to $336 million after falling 39% during the second weekend. Lastly, Blumhouse's horror program The Black Phone is expected to add $11.9 million for its second weekend, registering a relatively low 50% drop. This will take director Scott Derrickson's well-reviewed film to over $50 million domestically.
The trailer for Disney-Marvels Thor: Love and Thunder is now on the way. It is now being released early in a few international territories, so keep an eye on Collider for more information.