Minions Nabs $115 Million in Second-biggest Animated Opening Ever


They may be bumbling sidekicks, but the Minions proved that they can rule the box office all on their own: The Despicable Me prequel debuted to an estimated $115.2 million this weekend, giving them the second-biggest animated opening of all time.

That number doesn’t account for inflation, but it still means that Minions is only the fourth animated film ever to make more than $100 million in its first weekend. While it wasn’t enough to best Shrek the Third’s record of $121.6 million, Minions did beat Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million) and Shrek 2 ($108 million).

And although it fell short of the biggest animated opening ever, Minions did score the biggest animated opening day ever with $46.2 million on Friday, bestingToy Story 3’s $41.7 million record.

Another big accomplishment? Minions is only the fourth film this year to crack $100 million. Even more impressively, three of…

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