UPDATED, Monday 1:28 PM: The little Minions made it big for Universal and Illumination Entertainment, ending the weekend with $115.7M, good for the second-best animated opening ever. It also broke through a number of studio records (see Sunday’s reporting below) as it crossed a milestone worldwide, gathering together $6.4M more than estimated on Sunday. Because of those extra millions, the film crossed $400M. The other two newcomers opened soft: horror film The Gallows from Warner Bros/Blumhouse/360, bowed to only $9.8M, and Focus Features/Gramercy’s Self/Less opened to only $5.4M for the three-day weekend.

When the dust cleared this AM, it was the Indian picture Baahubali that ended up in the Top Ten with only $16,283 difference between that and Fox’s Melissa McCarthy-starring comedy Spy. No small feat, considering that Spy was in 8 1/2 more times the theaters. Yowza. The actioner also is taking India by storm. Thanks, in part, to the Minions, this weekend is up 42.7% over last year.

Top Animation Openers - FinalTwo quality newcomers are coming into the fray next weekend, but both are more adult-oriented: Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man has had pretty decent reviews, as has Universal’s Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer (which is currently 100% on Rotten Tomatoes). Exhibitor screenings went very well on both pictures, and female interest in the latter is very high, according to tracking. Here’s how the Top 20 ended up for the weekend:

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What movie was no.1 animation opening of all time?????????????
Larry
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Ryan Reynolds better hope Deadpool manages to revive his career.
Anonymous
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Self/less look liked it belong in January dump month. How did this crap, get a Summer release...

1). Minions (UNI),  4,301 theaters / 3-day cume: $115.7M / Per screen average: $26,905 / Wk 1

2). Jurassic World (UNI), 3,441 theaters (-296) / 3-day cume: $18.1M / Per screen: $5,275 / Total cume: $590.6M / Wk 5

3). Inside Out (DIS), 3,644 theaters (-514) / 3-day cume: $17.6M / Per screen: $4,848 / Total cume: $284.1M / Wk 4

4). Terminator: Genisys (PAR), 3,783 theaters (+25) / 3-day cume: $13.8M (-49%) / Per screen: $3,656 / Total cume: $68.8M / Wk 2

5). The Gallows (WB), 2,720 theaters / 3-day cume: $9.8M / Per screen: $ 3,606 / Wk 1

6). Magic Mike XXL (WB), 3,376 theaters (+21) / 3-day cume: $9.5M (-25%) / Per screen: $2,838 / Total cume: $48.3M / Wk 2

7). Ted 2 (UNI), 2,171 theaters (-1,277) / 3-day cume: $5.6M / Per screen: $2,610 / Total cume: $71.6M / Wk 3

8). Self/Less (FOCUS), 2,353 theaters / 3-day cume: $5.4M / Per screen: $2,296 / Wk 1

9). Max (WB), 2,088 theaters (-782) / 3-day cume: $3.5M / Per screen: $1,697 / Total cume: $33.8M / Wk 3

10). Baahubali (BSKY), 236 theaters (170 are in Telugu) / 3-day cume: $3.068M / Per screen: $18,053 / Total cume: $4.4M / Wk 1

11). Spy (FOX), 1,457 theaters (-930) / 3-day cume: $3.052M / Per screen: $2,095 / Total cume: $103.5M / Wk 6

12). Amy (A24), 341 theaters (+335) / 3-day cume: $1.79M (+709%) / Per screen: $5,278 / Total cume: $2.1M / Wk 2

13). San Andreas (WB) 756 theaters (-916) / 3-day cume: $1.2M / Per screen: $1,629 / Total cume: $150M / Wk 7

14). Me and Earl and The Dying Girl (FSL), 570 theaters (-300) / 3-day cume: $661K / Per screen: $1,160 / Total cume: $5.5M / Wk 5

15). Dope (OPRD), 380 theaters (-483) / 3-day cume: $624K / Per screen: $1,644 / Total cume: $15.4M / Wk 4

16). Mad Max: Fury Road (WB), 338 theaters (-223) / 3-day cume: $617K / Per screen: $1,829 / Total cume: $150.2M / Wk 9

17). Avengers: Age of Ultron (DIS), 338 theaters (-251) / 3-day cume: $455K / Per screen: $1,348 / Total cume: $455.2M / Wk 11

18). Love and Mercy (RSA), 296 theaters (-144) / 3-day cume: $430K / Per screen: $1,466 / Total cume: $11.3M / Wk 6

19). I’ll See You in My Dreams (BST), 212 theaters (-28) / 3-day cume: $353K / Per screen: $1,665 / Total cume: $6.4M / Wk 9

20). Pitch Perfect 2 (UNI), 341 theaters (+335) / 3-day cume: $274K / Per screen: $965 / Total cume: $183M / Wk 9

UPDATED, Sunday, 7:31 AM and 8:18 AM: Minions dropped about 16% Saturday so it will end up better than the math showed last night. Depending on today, it could land anywhere between $114.6M to $116.8M for the three-day weekend. That is based on estimates if it only drops around 20% today which is traditional for an animated family film. Uni is thinking $115M+. The grand opening of the third in the franchise from Universal and Illumination Entertainment lifted the overall Top 20 box office up about 45% from last year and continues the upward trend for summer 2015.

Minions-PicWith next week’s openers — Judd Apatow’s R-rated comedy Trainwreck starring everyone’s favorite Amy Schumer and Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man which has gotten decent reviews and will likely be propelled by the excitement of the Comic-Con crowd across the nation — we don’t expect that slowing down.

Minions may not hold as well as its Despicable Me predecessors, but it certainly surpassed them this weekend to become the No. 2 animated opener of all time. Thank you, Thursday previews. Not sure what other picture may cross $100M for summer 2015, although Sony’s Pixels has a solid chance. Universal sprinkled us with more records this AM, noting that it’s only the fourth animated film ever to cross $100 million in its opening weekend, joining its own Furious 7 and Jurassic World as well as Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

They also boasted that its the highest opening for an animated 3-D film of all time and the biggest animated opening day ever and the biggest for any prequel, and they said it marks the highest opening for Illumination Entertainment, Chris Meledandri, Sandra Bullock and all of the filmmakers and cast. In addition, they said it is also the fifth-straight No. 1 opening for Illumination since the company launched at Universal in 2007. They also yelled from the rooftops that Minions is the studio’s fifth No. 1 opening of 2015, for a total of 11 weekends—more than any other studio. And, they tugged on our sleeves to tell the world that Minions marks the third film to open north of $100 million for Universal in 2015—something no studio has ever done in a single year.

Yeah, yeah, okay already. We’re getting bombarded with hyperboles, and it’s not even 9 AM.

But the studio has been on an incredible roll. The movie filled with animated critters is also teetering on making $400M worldwide, having done exceptionally well with its overseas opening. See Nancy Tartaglione’s international report here.

The Gallows, the Warner Bros. horror film from Blumhouse/360 should end up near $10M for the weekend while the other newcomer — Focus Feature’s Self/Less — will settle with only $5.3M. Heavy sigh.

The second weekend holdovers, Paramount’s Terminator Genisys fell about 50% and Magic Mike XXL’s female crowd is still paying to see the strip show as the Channing Tatum-starrer bumps and grinds its way to a strong hold, dropping only 25% for Warner Bros. Here’s the Top 10.

It is a neck-in-neck race through Sunday between opener Baahubali and Fox’s Spy, but with $3M in estimates for the Fox comedy, it is likely to edge past the Indian picture which currently stands at $2.995M. For more, see Brian Brooks specialty box office story here.

1). Minions (UNI),  4,301 theaters / $46M Fri. (includes $6.2M previews) / $38.8M to $39M Sat. (-16%) / $31M to $31.2M Sun. (-20%) / 3-day cume: $114.6M to $116.8M / Wk 1

2). Jurassic World (UNI), 3,441 theaters (-296) / $5.35M Fri. / $7.2M to $7.4M Sat. (+37%) / $5.5M (-25%) Sun. / 3-day cume: $17.8M to $18.4M / Total cume: $590.9M / Wk 5

3). Inside Out (DIS), 3,644 theaters (-514) / $5.3M Fri. / $6.88M Sat. (+25%) / $5.5M Sun. (-20%) / 3-day cume: $17M to $17.9M / Total cume: $284M / Wk 4

4). Terminator: Genisys (PAR), 3,783 theaters (+25) / $3.9M Fri. / $5.5M Sat. (+30%) / 3-day cume: $13.4M to $13.7M (-50%) / Total cume: $68.4M to $68.6M / Wk 2

5). Magic Mike XXL (WB), 3,376 theaters (+21) / $3.6M Fri. / $3.55M Sat. (-3%) / $2.1M to $2.4M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $9.55M (-25%) / Total cume: $47.9M to $48.3M / Wk 2

6). The Gallows (WB), 2,720 theaters / $4.5M Fri. (includes $900K previews) / $3.1M Sat. (-31%) / $2.3M Sun. (-25%) / 3-day cume: $9.8M to $10M / Wk 1

7). Ted 2 (UNI), 2,171 theaters (-1,277) / $1.7M Fri. / $2.19M Sat. (+23%) / $1.6M Sun. (-25%) / 3-day cume: $5.6M / Total cume: $71.55M /Wk 3

8). Self/Less (FOCUS), 2,353 theaters / $1.97M Fri. (includes $325K previews) / $1.97M Sat. (0%) / $M Sun. (30%) / 3-day cume: $5.27M to $5.34M / Wk 1

9). Max (WB), 2,088 theaters (-782) / $1.1M Fri. / $1.35M Sat. (+22%) / $1M Sun. (-25%) / 3-day cume: $3.44M / Total cume: $33.7M / Wk 3

10/11). Spy (FOX), 1,457 theaters (-930) / $865K Fri. / $1.27M Sat. (+47%) / $855K Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $3M / Total cume: $103.4M / Wk 6

Baahubali (BSKY), 236 theaters (170 are in Telugu) / $1.14M to $1.2M Fri. / $1.2M Sat. (+7%) / $834K Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $2.995M / per screen average: $17K to $18K / Total cume: $4.6M / Wk 1

MinionsUPDATED, Saturday 12:17 AM: Universal and Illumination’s Minions lost a bit of ground on Saturday falling about 17% to 19% from Friday’s gross, but will still end up as the No. 2 animated opener of all time. It is estimated to run in with anywhere between $114M to $115M the way it looks tonight. The third in the franchise garnered an A CinemaScore, but critics were harsher on this one. It clearly didn’t have as many laughs. Still, the studio is sure to have one of the last $100M+ grossers of the summer and the overall box office should be up a heft percentage driven by the not so mellow yellows.

The other two openers, the horror film The Gallows may end the three-day just under $10M while Self/Less should be titled Life/Less as it has been limping along all weekend. That is how it stands tonight. Computer problems kept me from getting this report out earlier. Apologies. Here is the Top Five and the openers. Until the early, early AM:

1). Minions (UNI),  4,301 theaters / $46M Fri. (includes $6.2M previews) / $37.4M to $38M Sat. (-18%) / 3-day cume: $114.2M to $115M / Wk 1

2). Jurassic World (UNI), 3,441 theaters (-296) / $5.3M Fri. / $7.2M Sat. (+37%) / 3-day cume: $17.2M to $18M+ / Total cume: $590M / Wk 5

3). Inside Out (DIS), 3,644 theaters (-514) / $5.3M Fri. / $6.6M Sat. (+25%) / 3-day cume: $17.2M to $17.9M / Total cume: $284M+ / Wk 4

4). Terminator: Genisys (PAR), 3,783 theaters (+25) / $3.9M Fri. / $5.3M Sat. (+36%) / 3-day cume: $12.8M to $13.5M (-52%) / Total cume: $67.8M to $68M / Wk 2

5). The Gallows (WB), 2,720 theaters / $4.5M Fri. (includes $900K previews) / $3.1M Sat. (-31%) / 3-day cume: $9.7M to $10M / Wk 1

8). Self/Less (FOCUS), 2,353 theaters / $1.97M Fri. (includes $325K previews) / $2M Sat. (+2%) / 3-day cume: $5.2M to $5.38M / Wk 1

UPDATED, Saturday, 6:42 AM and 7:22 AM: When the dust cleared this AM, Friday grossed more like $46M+ for the yellow fellows, which brings its revised three-day to $120M+. If the picture drops more than 12% today, it could come in more around the $117M to $118M range. Regardless, Minions is yet another huge opener for Universal Pictures in what has been a great year for the studio. The other two openers, The Gallows from Warner Bros. had a $4.45M Friday so is heading toward the high end of the estimate with maybe $11M. Self/Less, the sci-fi film from Focus Features, may settle in right around $5M and change.

Minions, the third installment of the Illumination Entertainment animated franchise may end the weekend just under a significant industry three-day record. Right now, it’s headed to the second best animated opener of all time, given this new box office landscape of previews which allows for a half-day of grosses that are folded into the Friday estimate. In this case, it was a $6.2M Thursday preview. This is a fact in the post-July 2012 box office world. It garnered about $7M from PLF.

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Meanwhile, the studio’s Jurassic World and Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out are continuing their neck-in-neck battle for the prominence again this weekend with both making about $5.3M on Friday and both heading to $18M+. What is great for the business is that the dinosaurs are oh so close to passing the $600M mark stateside (will end the weekend around $590M) and the animated girl is heading towards $300M (which is expected at a $284.9M cume). Also, another $100M+ opener gives another nice boost to the summer box office. This weekend is currently running 48% ahead from last year.

Terminator: Genisys may drop around 52% in its second weekend while Magic Mike XXL is holding strong, down probably about 22%. Both are better holds than expected.

The other big news is the Indian entry Baahubali which is pulling in a strong per screen average in its limited run. It is possible that it could stay in the Top Ten. But I was talking to one of the distributors this morning whom I trust who mentioned that these Bollywood films usually take a hit on Saturday. Right now it is playing in 236 theaters with 170 of them in the Telugu language and the other 66 (which opened on the 9th) in Tamil. So, with that in mind, here is the Top Ten chart:

1). Minions (UNI),  4,301 theaters / $46M+ Fri. / 3-day cume: $120M+ / Wk 1

2/3). Jurassic World (UNI), 3,441 theaters (-296) / $5.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $18M+ / Total cume: $590M+ / Wk 5

Inside Out (DIS), 3,644 theaters (-514) / $5.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $18M+ / Total cume: $284M+ / Wk 4

4). Terminator: Genisys (PAR), 3,783 theaters (+25) / $3.9M Fri. / 3-day cume: $12.8M to $13M (-52%) / Total cume: $67.8M to $68M / Wk 2

5). The Gallows (WB), 2,720 theaters / $4.5M Fri. / 3-day cume: $11M / Wk 1

6). Magic Mike XXL (WB), 3,376 theaters (+21) / $3.6M Fri. / 3-day cume: $9.8M – $10M (-22%) / Total cume: $48.7M / Wk 2

7). Self/Less (FOCUS), 2,353 theaters / $1.97M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5.2M / Wk 1

8). Ted 2 (UNI), 2,171 theaters (-1,277) / $1.7M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5.6M / Total cume: $71.55M /Wk 3

9/10). Max (WB), 2,088 theaters (-782) / $1.1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.2M to $3.6M / Total cume: $33.4M to $33.9M / Wk 3

Spy (FOX), 1,457 theaters (-930) / $865K Fri. / 3-day cume: $2.99M to $3.1M / Total cume: $103.5M / Wk 6

Baahubali (BSKY), 236 theaters (170 are in Telugu) / $1.2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.2M to $3.9M / per screen average: $19K to $23K / Total cume: $4.8M / Wk 1

PREVIOUSLY, Friday, 11:29 PM: Minions is scooping up a nice $45M Friday headed toward a three-day gross in the range of $114M to $116M right now, which positions the Universal/Illumination Entertainment offering to become the No. 2 highest animated opener of all time, behind only Shrek The Third which grabbed $121.6M in 2007. Of course, to be fair, Shrek 3 was in 180 fewer theaters and had no previews starting at 6 PM. Minions pushes out Toy Story 3 which lassoed $110.3M in 2010 in 4,028 theaters (and the same holds true there). Still, the third installment is the Despicable Me franchise’s biggest opener.

Family audiences flocking to Minions are stunting Inside Out‘s gross. In fact, after running ahead of the dinosaurs midweek, the Disney/Pixar film is likely to be edged out this weekend by Universal’s monster Jurassic World — meaning the studio will enjoy the No. 1 and No. 2 spots at the box office. Not as loved by the critics as Despicable Me or Despicable Me 2, the latest little critter movie is nonetheless loved by audiences. They have given all three an A CinemaScore.

Other openers have not fared well, with Warner Bros.’ The Gallows garnering a C CinemaScore (doesn’t every Blumhouse horror film get that?) and Focus’ Self/Less graded a B+. The weekend looks grim for Self/Less with the sci-fi film expected to gross $4.5M to $5M while The Gallows with a $4.35M Friday is right in line with our estimates between $10M and $11M. The horror film will get the No. 5 spot.

In No. 4 is Terminator: Genisys, which is expected to slide about 57% in its second weekend despite the fact that the studio added a handful of theaters. Magic Mike XXL is actually holding extremely well in its sophomore frame, down a mere 30% (it also added a handful of dates).

NOTEWORTHY: Another Indian film has come out of no where and made its way into the Top 10. This time its the epic action film Baahubali which opened in only 236 theaters is running a really strong per screen average. It is known as the highest budgeted Indian film ever and its core audience is showing up in droves.

Here’s what it looks like tonight:

1). Minions (UNI),  4,301 theaters / $45M Fri. / 3-day cume: $114M to $116M / Wk 1

2). Jurassic World (UNI), 3,441 theaters (-296) / $4.6M Fri. / 3-day cume: $15.75M to $16.7M / Total cume: $588M+ / Wk 5

3). Inside Out (DIS), 3,644 theaters (-514) / $4.6M Fri. / 3-day cume: $15.4M to $15.8M / Total cume: $282M+ / Wk 4

4). Terminator: Genisys (PAR), 3,783 theaters (+25) / $3.65M Fri. / 3-day cume: $12M to $13M (-57%) / Total cume: $66M+ / Wk 2

5). The Gallows (WB), 2,720 theaters / $4.35M Fri. / 3-day cume: $10M to $11M / Wk 1

6). Magic Mike XXL (WB), 3,376 theaters (+21) / $3.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $9.1M (-29%) / Total cume: $48.7M / Wk 2

7). Self/Less (FOCUS), 2,353 theaters / $2M to $2.2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.5M to $5M / Wk 1

8). Ted 2 (UNI), 2,171 theaters (-1,277) / $1.6M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5M / Total cume: $71M+ /Wk 3

9). Baahubali (BSKY), 236 theaters / $1.2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.5M / Total cume: $4.6M / Wk 1

10). Max (WB), 2,088 theaters (-782) / $988K Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.2M / Total cume: $33.2M / Wk 3