Let the fireworks begin.
The long July 4th holiday weekend is turning into a bonanza for Hollywood as Minions: The Rise of Gru heads for a huge four-day opening of 129.2 million domestically, according to early estimates. That includes 109.5 million for the three days. (Some rivals think it has a shot at approaching 140 million by the end of Monday.)
Overseas, the movie will cross 86 million by Sunday for a global booty of 200 million-plus.
Forget about breaking pandemic-era records for a family title; the Illumination and Universal movie will boast one of the top starts ever at the domestic box office for an animated Hollywood tentpole, not adjusted for inflation.
Friday’s haul alone was around 48 million from 4,400 theaters, including a hefty 10.8 million in previews.
The movie’s performance is significant in that it confirms that parents and younger kids are ready to return to the multiplex in droves.