With $10.5 million on Thursday, Universal and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru has earned $164 million in its first week in domestic theaters. That makes it, in just seven days, the biggest so-called Covid-era animated grosser, passing the $161 million domestic cume of Illumination’s Sing 2 from last Christmas. And with around $308 million worldwide, it is a few days away from passing Sing 2’s $405 million global cume to nab the same relative milestone worldwide as well. Meanwhile, Top Gun: Maverick earned around $3 million on Thursday for a new $581 million domestic cume. The Tom Cruise-led legacy sequel will likely cross $600 million domestic on Sunday as it aims for $1.175 billion global by the weekend’s end. With Minions 2 potentially following Minions and Despicable Me 3 past the $1 billion mark, they may be the summer’s top global earners. That would be ghoulishly ironic since they were the last “big” delayed-by-Covid releases to open theatrically.
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