'Minions: The Rise Of Gru'

Source: Universal Pictures

‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’

World box office August 26-28, 2022

 Rank  Film (distributor)  3-day (world)  Cume (world) 3-day (int’l)  Cume (int’l)  Territories
 1.  Minions: The Rise Of Gru (Universal)  $17.7m  $868.9m  $14.9m  $514.1m  85
 2.  Bullet Train (Sony)  $15m  $173.6m  $9.4m  $95.4m  62
 3.  New Gods: Yang Jian (various)  $12.9m  $43.6m  $12.9m  $43.6m  1
 4.  Moon Man (various)  $12.2m  $421.9m  $12.2m  $421.9m  1
 5.  Top Gun Maverick (Paramount)  $11.5m  $1.4bn  $6.7m  $731.2m  65
 6. Nope (Universal)  $10.5m  $148.7m  $8.3m  $31.1m  79
 7.  Warriors Of Future (various)  $9.8m  $91.1m  $9.8m  $91.1m  2
 8.  Beast (Universal)  $8.9m  $36.2m  $3.9m  $16.1m  61
 9.  Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (various)  $8.8m  $67.8m  $4.2m  $37m  35
 10.  DC League Of Super Pets (Warner Bros)  $8.6m  $146.5m  $4.4m  $72.4m  72

Credit: Comscore, click top right to expand. All figures in chart are estimates. 

‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ tops worldwide box office chart in quiet session

UPDATED: With the summer school holiday about to come to an end in many markets, Universal’s Minions: The Rise Of Gru is continuing to mop up family audiences at the global box office.

The Illumination Entertainment animation added another $33.1m over the past seven days, including a confirmed $17.7m for the weekend period. That latter number was enough to top the latest global weekend chart – meaning The Rise Of Gru has returned to the chart summit in its ninth week of wide release, and 10th week overall (the film landed in Australia a week ahead of the full rollout).

Total so far for The Rise Of Gru is $354.8m in North America and $514.1m for international, combining for $868.8m worldwide. It’s far and away the biggest US studio animated title of the pandemic era – more than double second-placed Sing 2’s $408.8m.

The Rise Of Gru landed in Greece at the weekend, delivering a confirmed $566,000. China and Italy, where in both cases the film is only in its second week of release, were the top markets, respectively adding an estimated $6.6m and $1.9m. In cumulative totals, UK/Ireland leads the international pack with $50.6m. China and Japan have delivered $24.5m and $9.5m, respectively.

With $869m, The Rise Of Gru is now 75% of the way to matching the $1.16bn global total achieved by Minions in 2015, and has reached 84% of the $1.03bn tally for 2017’s Despicable Me 3.

By topping the worldwide weekend chart with $17.7m, The Rise Of Gru has done so with the smallest amount of any chart-topping title this year – and in fact the smallest amount since data gatherer Comscore started publishing the worldwide chart in early June 2021. Cinemas are crying out for new product, and the weekend top 10 chart saw no new entries at all.

‘The Invitation’ launches with soft $8.6m

Landing just outside the global top 10 chart, Sony Screen Gems horror title The Invitation has begun with an estimated $8.6m: $7m in North America, and $1.6m for 19 early international markets.

While those numbers are hardly impressive, the film nevertheless topped the North America box office chart for the weekend, ahead of second-placed Bullet Train with $5.6m.

As for international, Sony did not provide a breakdown for the 19 territories, which include UK/Ireland, Australia and France. In Australia, data gatherer Numero reports Aus$461,000 ($316,000) for The Invitation, landing in sixth place.

Directed by Jessica M Thompson (The Light Of The Moon, 2017), The Invitation sees a woman take a DNA test and discover a long-lost cousin, and she is invited to a lavish wedding in the English countryside by her newly discovered family members.

‘After Ever Happy’ tops 12 markets with $7.9m total

After Ever Happy, the fourth film in the romantic saga adapted from books by Anna Todd, has opened with an estimated $7.9m from more than 50 markets, and has topped the chart in 12 territories.

Voltage Pictures’ film follows After (2019), After We Collided (2020) and After We Fell (2021), and stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin in the lead romantic roles. A fifth film in the saga, After Everything, is set for release in 2023.

Germany proved the top market for After Ever Happy, with an estimated $1.6m. Russia/CIS comes next with $974,000, and then Netherlands with $591,000. The film topped the box office in those three markets, and nine others including Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.

Previous instalment After We Fell over its lifetime grossed $2.2m in North America and $19.4m for international markets, combining for $21.6m worldwide. That film released via Prime Video in UK/Ireland, and so will After Ever Happy.

‘Tad The Lost Explorer 3’ tops Spanish box office

Paramount animation Tad The Lost Explorer And The Emerald Tablet has begun with an estimated $4.1m in its first 15 markets, including a chart-topping $2.3m in Spain. The Spanish-produced animated adventure landed in second place in France with an estimated $950,000. Many significant markets including UK/Ireland, Mexico, Brazil and Australia are yet to release.

This is the third film in a series that began with Tad The Lost Explorer (2012, $49.5m worldwide box office) and continued with Tad The Lost Explorer And The Secret Of King Midas (2017, $35.7m worldwide). The new film is also known as Tad The Lost Explorer And The Curse Of The Mummy. The original film’s Enrique Gato returns to the director’s chair, having served as co-director (to principal director David Alonso) on the second film. In Spain, the series is called Tadeo Jones.

Asian stories pepper global chart

While release schedules are hitting a relatively quiet phase at US studios, the latest worldwide top 10 chart includes two Chinese films (New Gods: Yang Jian and Moon Man) plus Hong Kong sci-fi Warriors Of Future and Japanese anime Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. And US title Bullet Train, of course, is set in Japan. The five films collectively give the global top 10 chart a strong Asian flavour.

Artisan Gateway reports a $45.6m weekend total for China. In recent weeks, China has been clawing back some of the lost distance in comparison with the 2021 box office. A month ago, 2022 box office in China was running 32.8% behind 2021 for the year to date, and two months ago it was running 36.8% behind for the year to date. The latest cumulative figures see China box office running 25.6% behind 2021 for the year to date.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Herohas grossed an estimated $18.1m in Japan, pushing the international and global tallies to $37m and $67.8m, respectively.