Comcast (CMCSA) subsidiary Universal's “Minions: The Rise of Gru’ won this weekend’s domestic box office with a $125.2M four-day opening. This includes $107M for the three days. Overseas, the film surpassed $86M on Sunday for a global total of $200M-plus. These numbers make “Minions: The Rise of Gru” debut one of the top starts ever at the domestic box office for an animated movie, not adjusted for inflation. The movie is a sequel to 2015’s “Minions” and the fifth entry in the “Despicable Me” franchise.
BOX OFFICE RUNNER-UPS: Paramount’s (PARA) “Top Gun: Maverick” placed number 2 with $32.5M for the long weekend. Behind it was Warner Bros. (WBD) “Elvis” with an estimated three-day total of $19M and $23.7M for the four days in its second outing. Comcast (CMCSA) subsidiary Universal's “Jurassic World Dominion” placed number 4 with a three-day gross of $15.7M and an estimated $19.2M for the four. Rounding out the top five, Universal’s “The Black Phone” earned $12.3M for the three days and $14.6M for the four-day weekend.
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