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If you haven't heard of Monster Hunt yet, that's probably because you don't live in China or follow international box office reports. But it's worth adding to your radar, because it's quickly becoming one of the biggest movies of all time. Here's what you need to know: What is Monster Hunt? Monster Hunt is a Chinese 3D IMAX fantasy film, seemingly aimed at kids, combining live-action and computer animation. Or, maybe it's just a live-action movie with CG creatures, but these creatures look more like cartoons than characters intended to seem realistic. It is directed by Raman Hui, an animator who has worked on a number of DreamWorks Animation features and shorts (plus Batman and Robin) and who co-directed Shrek the Third. What is...
- Christopher Campbell
[Forecast Update]: Pixels opened with $9.2M on 3,723 screens Friday, indicating an estimated $25M and a 1st place berth at the weekend box office. That's $2,471 per screen. It's far from assured however. Ant-Man made $7.23M on Friday on 3,868 screens for a per-screen take of $1,870. That doesn't bode well for the Marvel/Disney taking the #2 spot. Thor: The Dark World, which dropped 57.2% in its second week, made $2,740 on its 3,841 screens on its second Friday. If Ant-Man cedes the Saturday and Sunday matinees to Pixels then Minions, which Universal is reporting will make $22M this weekend, may take its position. Paper Towns looks to be living up to its promise as a teen draw making $6.3M in 3,031 theaters for a per-screen take of $2,087 and a three-day total of $20M and fourth. That's because Trainwreck, the Judd Apatow/Amy Schumer comedy, was off 43.7% from last week's $30M take, with an estimate $16.9M weekend. It is »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
[Update] Ant-Man opened to $57.2M (was $58M) at the domestic box office, slightly under its projected $60-$65M opening, becoming the 12th film in Marvel's Cinematic Universe to open at #1. On 3,856 screens the film's per screen take was $14,840 (was $15,051). It's a good thing that the Paul Rudd superhero film has an "A" CinemaScore as that's the lowest per-screen average of any of the 12 films. Coming in just slightly above Ant-Man is 2008's The Incredible Hulk ($15,810 per) Thor ($16,618) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($17,512). Disney/Marvel's marketing team must be given some kudos though. Even given the strong Marvel brand, the challenges of marketing a character unknown to the public at large, whose power is getting really tiny and controlling ants, was obvious. They wryly dealt with it head-on in their first trailer, where Paul Rudd's character asks if "it's too late to change the name," a scene that, though this »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monster Hunt is coming to Australian cinemas next week! Directed by Raman Hui, animator for the Shrek films and director of Shrek The Third, this new Chinese fantasy film stars Wuba, Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Tang Wei, Yao Chen, Eric Tsang, Sandra Ng and Wallace Chung. Thanks to its distributor in Australia, Magnum Films, we have Five double passes to give away to our readers.For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.netMonster Hunt will open in Australian cinemas on July 23, and this competition will close at 3pm on July 21. -- Good luck!You can find out more about this and...
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To the surprise of no one Illumination’s Minions delivered one of the biggest opening weekends of the year, almost a new record for animated features, almost. Minions opened to $115.7 million, just $5.9 million away from the animation record set by Shrek the Third in 2007. Considering how many animated hits come out every year, […]
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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
On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, John Campea, Dennis Tzeng, Mark Ellis, and Wendy Lee discuss the following: Box Office Reports Comic-Con 2015 Hall H Breakdown: Batman v Superman Deadpool The Hateful Eight Crimson Peak X-Men: Apocalypse Suicide Squad Warcraft ...and a few things more! Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ColliderVideo Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ColliderVideo Follow John: http://www.twitter.com/JohnCampea Follow Mark: http://www.twitter.com/5150Ellis Follow Dennis: http://www.twitter.com/ThinkHero Follow Ashley: https://twitter.com/AshleyMova Follow Wendy: https://twitter.com/WendyLeeSzany As the online source for movies, television, breaking news, incisive content, and imminent trends, Collider Videos is more than an essential destination. Buy movie tickets, get theatre and showtime information now: http://www.amctheatres.com It’s Monday so that means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought you by our friends at AMC Theatres. »
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The biggest winners at Comic-Con in San Diego from this past week are films "Suicide Squad" and "Deadpool" plus television show "Outlander." Considered to be "the most likely to succeed," the movie "Suicide Squad" stars Oscar champ Jared Leto, Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Margot Robbie. Actor Ryan Reynolds potentially has "a triumphant comeback" with "Deadpool," especially after his superhero film "Green Lantern" fizzled. The Starz epic drama "Outlander" stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe "delighted audiences with their personalities" in a lighthearted panel. The Wrap -Break- Universal's "Minions" rules the box office this weekend, racking up an impressive $115.2 million in its debut. The sequel to "Despicable Me" just missed the studio's record-setting pace of "Shrek the Third," which made $121.6 million in 2007. The second spot is hel »
In this week’s round-up of the global box-office scene:
• Most expensive Indian production makes overwhelming box-office debut
• Minions grovels its way to second highest Us animation debut ever
Spin-offs have been a desperate last throw of the dice for animation franchises: Puss-in-Boots, Planes and, most recently, Penguins of Madagascar were box-office low points for, respectively, the Shrek, Cars and Madagascar series. That won’t be an issue for Universal’s irrepressible Minions, whose current $395.7m (£235m) worldwide gross already puts it within spitting distance of parent film Despicable Me’s $543.1m total, after just four weekends. Minions finally opened in the Us this frame, with $115.2m comfortably surpassing the recent $90.4m for Pixar’s Inside Out (which cost twice as much) and snatching the second highest animation debut of all time (behind Shrek the Third’s $121.6m).
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- Phil Hoad
A new number one entered the Us box office chart this weekend with those loveable yellow Minions slaying everything in their path to sit atop the charts with a massive opening.
The prequel to Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, Minions took an estimated $115.2 million in its opening weekend, the second-highest of all time for an animated movie, just behind the $122.5 million taken by Shrek The Third in 2007 and above the $110.3 million that Toy Story 3 grossed in 2010. That includes a Friday gross of $46.2 million, the highest grossing opening day ever for an animated film.
Minions’ international total now stands at a huge $280.5 million after a second weekend of around $124 million, bringing its two week total to $395.7 million worldwide. A third Despicable Me, or indeed a Minions sequel, is now surely guaranteed after another massive box-office haul.
In other new release news this weekend, Blumhouse and Entertainment 360’s The Gallows opened to around $10 million, »
- Scott J. Davis
The animated "Minions" movie, which is a "Despicable Me" spin-off, took first place at the domestic box office with $115 million, earning the second-biggest opening of all time for an animated film. The biggest opening for an animated film is still held by "Shrek the Third" ($122 million). But "Despicable Me" and "Despicable Me 2" couldn't come close, opening to $56 million and $83 million. "Minions" added another $280 million from foreign theaters for a worldwide debut of $395 million. But it has a lousy 54% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "The Gallows" microbudget horror film took fifth place with $10 million. It earned another $1.3 million from overseas for a worldwide debut of $11.3 million. Since the movie cost under $1 million to make, it's already considered profitable. "The Gallows" has a terrible 16% fresh rating. The other new wide release of the weekend was the "Self/less" sci-fi thriller, starring Ryan Reynolds. It opened to only $5.4 million, landing in 8th place. »
Move over, Woody and Buzz, "Minions" is ready to surpass infinity (and beyond!) at the box office. According to Variety, the "Despicable Me" spinoff made $115.2 million in North America over the weekend, which is the second biggest animated film opening in history. That begs the question of who is first, and it's "Shrek the Third" with $121.6 million in 2007. As Entertainment Weekly noted, "Minions" is only the fourth animated movie ever to break $100 million in its opening weekend, and this debut replaces "Toy Story 3" in second place, with $110.3 million, also pushing back "Shrek 2's" $108 million.
EW also added this praise:
Another big accomplishment? Minions is only the fourth film this year to crack $100 million. Even more impressively, three of those four have been from Universal. (Furious 7 and Jurassic World are both Universal films, and Avengers: Age of Ultron was released by Disney.)
Impressive! It's also impressive to note »
- Gina Carbone
From rampaging dinosaurs to yellow henchman, Universal Pictures can't be stopped.
With "Minions" scoring a $115.2 million opening weekend -- the second highest for an animated film, behind 2007's "Shrek the Third" with $121.6 million -- it's not just another hit for Universal this summer, but for the industry in general.
The overall take is keeping up with 2013, the best year to date. It's also part of a stellar year for Universal, which boasted this week that it's reached the $3 billion mark overseas in record time, thanks largely to such hits as "Minions," "Jurassic World," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Furious 7," and "Fifty Shades of Grey."
But the big box office of these movies points to a larger issue. All of them, save "Fifty Shades," are spinoffs, sequels, and/or reboots of previously successful films. (And "Fifty Shades," of course, is based on a huge bestseller.) If Universal had a great first six months of the year, »
- Gary Susman
When Despicable Me arrived in theaters in 2010, no one would have guessed that its funny little yellow sidekick characters would go on to land their own movie or that the movie would have the second highest animated opening ever. Minions opened at a massive number one with $115 million, topping all other animated openings except 2007's Shrek the Third and its $121 million start. That's notably higher than Inside Out's $90 million debut last month, but the question now is whether or not Minions can keep up in the long run. Inside Out dropped to third place this weekend but at $283 million it's on par to end up in the year's top five grossing movies. Jurassic World continued its incredible climb, stopping just short of the $600 million mark this weekend. At $590 it's the fourth highest domestic grossing movie of all time, inching closer to Marvel's The Avengers' $623 million third place total. »
Last weekend at the box office, it looked like Jurassic World had secured the top spot for the fourth weekend in a row, with a narrow victory over the animated hit Inside Out. When the actual figures were tallied, the results were flip-flopped, with Inside Out barely beating Jurassic World. This weekend, the race wasn't close at all, with Universal's Minions easily taking the top spot, earning a whopping $115.2 million.
While the critics' reception was mixed on Minions, with a 54% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, that didn't stop audiences from coming out in droves for this animated spinoff of the Despicable Me franchise, which provides an origin story for these delightful yellow characters. The comedy pulled in an impressive $26,784 per-screen average from 4,301 theaters, and its $115.2 million opening weekend is the second highest opening weekend ever for an animated movie, behind 2007's Shrek the Third ($121.6 million). Minions may be the last »
“Minions” invaded the box office, scoring a big win for the little yellow helpers, for Universal and Illumination Entertainment, which added to its list of successful movies in 2015. At the Thursday night box office, “Minions” raked in $6.2 million. Then on Friday, the film grossed $46 million, paving the way for an impressive $115.2 million opening weekend. While the animated flick didn’t beat 2007’s “Shrek the Third,” which keeps the title of highest-grossing animated movie of all time, with its $121 million debut. “Minions” is still a huge hit financially and it with audiences, receiving an “A” CinemaScore. Also Read: 'Minions' Scores »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
For the second frame in a row, an animated title is number one at the box office. But unlike last weekend, when Monday actuals put Inside Out on top in place of Jurassic World, everyone saw today’s win for Minions coming. Since the little, yellow beings first appeared in 2010’s Despicable Me, their commercial appeal has been hard to deny. Now, as expected, the first film to put the creatures front and center has easily secured the highest opening among the three Despicable Me releases. Minions brought in an estimated $115.2 million from 4,301 locations, including $6.2 million from Thursday pm previews. That more than doubles the $56.4 million debut of Despicable Me and stands 38% ahead of 2013’s Despicable Me 2. But as we told you yesterday, DM2 opened on the Wednesday before Independence Day. Those two extra days in theatres make it difficult to draw direct comparisons to Minions, but hey! Since »
- Nicole Pedersen
The Despicable Me franchise is a juggernaut and it's now quite clear one of the big reasons audiences were showing up to watch Gru and his attempts for supreme villainy were his little yellow sidekicks. Minions, opening in 4301 theaters this weekend absolutely dominated, bringing in $115.2 million, the second highest opening weekend of all-time for an animated feature behind Shrek the Third ($121.6m) and just ahead of Toy Story 3 ($110.3m). Yes, the Pixar sequel often considered to be the best of the trilogy is no match for these gibbering little fellas, which also scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, so expect this one to continue to soar as it also went into the weekend with $142.6 million internationally as it slowly started hitting theaters internationally as far back as mid-June in Indonesia. It's hard to exactly quantify this result in comparison to Despicable Me 2, as that film opened »
- Brad Brevet
“Minions” ruled the weekend box office, racking up a massive $115.2 million in North America, for the second biggest animated film opening in history.
The Universal and Illumination Entertainment spinoff to “Despicable Me” just missed the domestic record set by “Shrek the Third’s” $121.6 million kickoff in 2007, while continuing animation maestro Chris Meledandri’s hot streak at the multiplexes. What makes Meledandri so valuable to studios is that he keeps budgets low. “Minions” cost $74 million to produce, a modest number considering that Pixar and DreamWorks Animation routinely spend north of $100 million on their animated features.
“I’m not sure the public is mindful of what films cost; they’re more concerned with how they resonate,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution chief. “Chris is able to produce films that speak to families, to children, to people everywhere.”
The studio left nothing to chance when it came to reminding moviegoers why the loved the nattering, »
- Brent Lang
Los Angeles (AP) - Universal's "Minions" overran the box office on the weekend as audiences in the U.S. and Canada shelled out an estimated $115.2 million to see the evil-master-serving horde frolic on the big screen.
That's the second-highest opening weekend for an animated film ever, beating out "Toy Story 3" ($110.3 million), and coming in behind the all-time, three-day debut champ, "Shrek the Third" ($122.5 million).
"Minions" also boasts another record: Best domestic opening day in history for an animated film, with its $46.2 million take on Friday.
It was an easy win for the sidekicks who took the spotlight after playing supporting roles in two previous "Despicable Me" movies. The bright, babbling baldies have become key characters in the franchise from Universal's Illumination Entertainment.
Directed by Peter Coffin, who co-directed the "Despicable Me" 1 and 2 and voices the Minions, the movie easily beat "Jurassic World," another Universal picture that grossed $18.1 million in its fifth weekend after release, »
- The Associated Press
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