Universal scored another big hit at the box office this weekend, adding to their already deep stable of commercial smashes in 2015.
The #1 film this weekend is Minions. The Despicable Me spinoff only managed middling reviews (read ours here), but the popularity of the lovable yellow creatures clearly trumped any critical response. In its first three days, Minions grossed $115.2 million, which is a considerable increase from how either of its predecessors debuted (for example, Despicable Me 2 made $83. 5 million). When you factor in the international numbers, this film has already brought in $256.9 million. Time will tell if Minions can be the third of Universal's releases to cross $1 billion this year, but things are certainly off to a rousing start.
Jurassic World is the #2 film, seeing its four week reign at the top come to an end. The sci-fi blockbuster made $18.1 million this weekend, raising its domestic total to $590.6 million. Internationally, it is currently the fifth highest-grossing movie of all-time with $1.4 billion worldwide. Business is slowing down for the movie, but there's still a chance it passes by a couple of other films before its run is truly over.
Coming in third is Inside Out with $17.1 million. Pixar's latest is now up to $283.6 million. As expected, the arrival of Minions took away a great deal of ticket sales from Inside Out, but the universal acclaim has helped maintain interest in Disney's emotional tale. If these figures are any indication, it still has a few good weeks left in it.
The #4 film this weekend is Terminator: Genisys, which made $13.7 million in its second weekend. That's only a 49.3 percent drop from its opening, but the debut was so low, this doesn't do it any favors. Domestically, it's grossed just $68.7 million. It's gotten a little bit of help internationally, as the worldwide total is $224.8 million. So there's still a chance Paramount turns some kind of profit on their hefty investment.
Rounding out the top five is The Gallows. The new horror film made $10 million during its first three days, which was in line with the expectations many had for it. It entered theaters with limited awareness due to a minimal marketing campaign, so it was never thought to be a big hit. That's good news for the studio, since the budget for The Gallows was... $10 million. So it should be profitable when it's all said and done.
Magic Mike XXL is the #6 movie after making $9.6 million in its second weekend. The male stripper dramedy has now crossed $48.3 million domestically.
Comedy Ted 2 is the #7 film for the week with $5.6 million. Seth MacFarlane's latest film has now made $71.6 million, which is respectable, but a far cry from how the original was performing at the same point in its release.
Debuting at #8 is Self/Less (read our review), which made only $5.3 million in its first three days. That's right where the analysts said it'd be, but it's still a disappointing turnout for a film featuring a high profile cast and an intriguing premise. If there's a silver lining for star Ryan Reynolds, it's that Deadpool is right around the corner and plenty of people are excited about that - if the Comic-Con 2015 panel response is anything to go by.
Though it was only playing in 256 theaters, Baahubali: The Beginning opened to the tune of $3.5 million and finished #9 for the weekend. Not bad for something few people knew was even coming to theaters.
Finishing off the top ten is Max. The family film made $3.4 million in its third weekend to increase its domestic total to $33.7 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, July 13 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo