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With Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions having reached $990.2M globally last weekend, this milestone was to be expected. The little yellow fellows have now crossed $1B worldwide, with $682M coming from international and $321.9M in North America. This makes the Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed pic the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time. Oh, and it sets another industry record for Universal: It is the first time any studio has had three… »
Kevin, Stuart and Bob continue to wreak havoc at the worldwide box office as the henchmen hit yet another milestone this weekend. With today's grosses, Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions is crossing $900M globally. In North America, the estimated bounty to date is $302.7M with $609.8M coming from offshore markets for a total of $912.5M. The Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed origins story is the highest-grossing animated title of 2015 and the 7th biggest… »
Kevin, Stuart and Bob are making their masters very happy. With today’s grosses, Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s Minions is poised to cross the $500M mark at the international box office. Sunday estimates had the Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed origins stoy at $497.8M, and actuals now put the offshore cume at $499.4M. Combined with the domestic total of $262.5M, the worldwide booty is $761.8M. The Despicable Me 2 spinoff has been the top movie at the global box… »
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How does a composer create musical voices for a population of yellow creatures who speak their own language? If you’re Grammy Award-winning musician/composer/songwriter Heitor Pereira, it’s one groovy journey.
Playing in theaters now, Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.
But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he – alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob – ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. »
- Michelle McCue
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 10. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide The Gallows Director: Travis Cluff & Chris Lofing Cast: Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Price T. Morgan, Mackie Burt Synopsis: "Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy - but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone." Criticwire Grade Average: C- (7 reviews) Minions Director: Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin Cast: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Steve Carell Synopsis: "Gru is recruited by an organization to stop Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world." Criticwire Grade Average: B- »
- Steve Greene
Small, jeans-wearing yellow and unintelligible creatures made big noise at the box office this weekend as Minions scored the second-highest opening ever for an animated film in North America. Minions, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, earned $115.2 million, second only to Shrek the Third’s $122.5 million worldwide, with the global tally $395.7 million for the Illumination Entertainment and Universal film. Part of the movie’s appeal is the bright, whimsical score by Heitor Pereira, who also composed the music for the prequel’s predecessors, 2010’s Despicable Me and 2013’s Despicable Me 2. As this exclusive behind-
- Melinda Newman
Unbeknownst to us all, the Minions have been roaming the Earth for millions of years, searching far and wide for their one true master, the most evil villain. Approximately one year “pre-Gru”, one such journey led them to the beautiful but deadly Scarlett Overkill, whose obsession with the British Queen sends the Minions on a quest to steal the Crown.
In terms of monetary strategy it was only logical to make a spinoff of Despicable Me for the lovable Twinkie shaped Minions. Most fans of the franchise would argue that their gibberish dialogue and joyous enthusiasm for villainy stole the spotlight from Steve Carell’s ultimate bad guy boss in Gru, so why not base an entire animated feature centered on their antics? »
- Robert Kojder
This just in, in case you hadn’t heard, kids like movies too. After the success of Despicable Me (2010) and its sequel, Despicable Me II (2012), it was inevitable that we would see more little yellow fellows doing hilarious things while making the oddest of sounds. Since no summer movie season would be complete without several films made especially for children, we’re treated to the third entry in the series, Minions, a prequel to the Gru-oriented films. This time around, we follow Stuart, Kevin, and Bob (all minion voices done by Pierre Coffin). Basically, it’s an origin story for the minions at large.
Minions is directed by Kyle Balda (The Lorax ) and Pierre Coffin, from the prior minion-related movies and written by Brian Lynch (Hop  and Puss and Boots ). Of course, once you have Coffin, the original voice of the minions, you are long way towards ensuring success for the film. »
- Steven Gahm
Update: “Minions” is heading for a powerful performance at the U.S. box office with a whopping $118 million opening weekend, according to late Friday afternoon forecasts.
Earlier Friday estimates had placed the 3D animated slapstick comedy at about $110 million, but that number was revised upwards several hours later. “Minions” showed plenty of punch in Thursday night previews with $6.2 million at 2,985 U.S. locations — the highest preview gross ever for an animated film and the revised estimates showed an impressive $45 million Friday total, including the preview gross.
Recent forecasts earlier this week for the Universal-Illumination Entertainment movie have estimated at least $100 million in its opening weekend at 4,302 locations. That will make the “Despicable Me” spinoff the fourth film this year to debut above the $100 million mark — joining “Furious 7” ($147 million), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($191 million) and “Jurassic World” ($208.8 million).
The first “Despicable Me” opened with a $56.3 million weekend in 2010 and »
- Dave McNary
It seems that Hollywood’s old boys’ club extends to yellow pill-shaped henchmen for animated supervillains. According to “Minions” creator Pierre Coffin, in fact, all the title characters in Universal’s prequel to two “Despicable Me” hits are male, voiced by male actors (including Coffin himself). For the French animator, who co-directed the new film with Kyle Balda, the masculine-only nature of the Minions owes to their all-around cloddishness. “Seeing how dumb and stupid they often are, I just couldn’t imagine Minions being girls,” he told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Minions' Reviews: Sandra Bullock-Starring Animated Movie Will Amuse Your Kids, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Villain’s Vassals: Coffin & Balda’s Slavish Prequel Void of Thought
Co-directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda team up for Minions, a tangential prequel to the 2010 animated hit, Despicable Me. Coffin, who co-directed the first film and its 2013 sequel with Chris Renaud (who helmed the ill-conceived adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s beloved The Lorax with Balda back in 2012), deigns to explain the origin story of the little yellow creatures endlessly committing to serving the famed uber villain Gru. It’s an idea rather like the relationship of the film Annabelle (2014) to The Conjuring (2013).
Writer Brian Lynch (Puss in Boots; Hop; the upcoming The Secret Life of Pets), no stranger to creating animated versions of animal characters for children’s films, seems to have less capacity in the formulation of imaginary beings, at least judging from the endless one-note antics engaged in by these rudimentary shaped yellow blobs akin to cutesy antics, »
- Nicholas Bell
Chicago – They’re cute, they talk like babies, and they already have “brand recognition.” In what feels like a product exercise rather than a movie, “Minions” extends its story from the dawn of time to 1968. Did we need that much back story? The voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm star.
There is nothing wrong with “Minions,” it delivers a paint by numbers wacky comedy (mostly for kids) about the need of those yellow creatures to follow the most despicable among us – although that comes with the caveat that good will prevail (there cannot be a risk of losing plush doll sales in the Christian demographic). The film looks great, with sharp-lined animation and set pieces that are perfect for 3D viewing. But getting the “Minions” writing assignment must be the biggest cakewalk in show business (right, Brian Lynch?). None of the jokes have to work, none of the story has to make sense, »
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Those goggle-eyed scene-stealers from Despicable Me (and its sequel) get their own showcase in Minions, a colorful, fast-paced prequel that kids will have fun with but fails to soar to the heights of the original films. The funniest bits in Minions are the opening scenes (we saw them in the trailer) with Minions throughout history disastrously serving the most despicable baddies they can find; a T-Rex, a Pharaoh, Dracula, Napoleon, etc. The story then jumps ahead to 1968, when three brave minions, Bob, Kevin, and Stuart, leave their tribe in the Antarctic to find a new Archfiend to assist. After a brief stop in New York City, the boys travel to ‘Villain Con’, a supervillain convention in Florida where they meet and get jobs working for Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). She, along with her husband Herb (John Hamm) whisks the three off to England with the assignment of stealing for her »
- Tom Stockman
The lovable sidekicks from the Despicable Me movies are back, this time with a movie of their own: Minions. The Minions quest for the most despicable leader to follow seems hopeless as they span through millennia never able to attach to an evil overlord for more than a quick second. All of the little guys' prayers seem to be answered when representatives Bob, Stuart and Kevin travel to Orlando to meet up with supervillainess Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). Things go awry and the Minions must battle for their lives. The prequel to the two Despicable Me movies, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, comes out tomorrow, July 10. The movie is fun, zany and kids are sure to love »
A couple of chuckles, that's about all I got out of Minions, a spin-off from the animated Despicable Me franchise telling the origin story of the gibbering little yellow pills that are only happy when they're at the command of an evil villain. At 30 minutes it feels as if you've watched two hours as these little fellas that served as satisfying comic relief in the Despicable Me films just aren't interesting enough for their own feature film. It's not as if the filmmakers are entirely unaware of this fact as screenwriter Brian Lynch (Hop, The Secret Life of Pets) and directors Kyle Balda (The Lorax) and Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2) realize this can't be a film filled with chatter no one can understand (though it sounds like the Minions speak a mixture of gibberish, Spanish, French and Italian) and some actual human characters are necessary. Therefore, following »
- Brad Brevet
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To be a great villain, you need a team of equally great henchmen. Cobra Commander has his commandos, Rita Repulsa has The Putty Patrol, and The Monarch has his Fluttering Horde (kudos if you’re still with me). World domination is built on the backs of hard-working teamsters who would do anything for their master. But can we truly enjoy a movie that focuses only on these small-minded sidekicks? Illumination Entertainment sure hopes we can, as they attempt to milk the Despicable Me franchise for every last adorable dollar. Time to find out if Gru’s lovable yellow minions can hold their own in Hollywood, or if the lack of their fearless leader (Steve Carell) spells disaster for their solo master plan.
Minions tells the story of how Gru’s little helpers came to find their dastardly boss, dating back to their first attempts at villainy. »
- Matt Donato
With the enormous worldwide success of the first two Despicable Me films there could be no question this money-making animated juggernaut would also start spawning spin-offs and that is exactly the case with Minions, an attempt to give those little yellow, squeaky, overall-wearing characters their own starring movie. With director Pierre Coffin pulling helming duty behind the camera (along with co-director Kyle Balda) as well as continuing to voice the Minions, there is a… »
The film is already making gadzillions of banknotes at box offices around the world, and Universal has wasted little time in sorting out a DVD and Blu-ray release date for its latest hit, Minions.
Spinning out of the Despicable Me series, Minions sees Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda directing, with Sandra Bullock leading the voice cast. And the home version is on its way, with a November 16th 2015 date already earmarked for Minions on DVD and Blu-ray.
No word on extras just yet, but expect some when the formal announcement for the disc comes around.
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“Minions,” which opens on July 10, 2015 and is rated “PG,” also stars Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Saunders, Pierre Coffin, Katy Mixon and Michael Beattie from directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin and writer Brian Lynch.
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