UPDATED, Saturday, 9:00 AM: Minions bowed in four international markets this week and has so far collected $12M in 615 runs. The Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment animated film opened No. 1 everywhere except for Australia where it was No. 2 to Universal’s Jurassic World, which is on track stateside to gross well over $100M for the weekend. Kids are off of school Down Under which will help propel box office there. In Malaysia, it not only opened to No. 1 but opened 72% bugger than Despicable Me 2 and logged the highest opening day of all time for an animated film in the country ahead of Kung Fu Panda and Toy Story 3. In Singapore, Minions debuted to a No. 2 slot behind Jurassic World, but opened 32% higher than DM2 which bowed on the same date in 2013. Minions opens stateside on July 10th.
Six more markets open next weekend: Brazil, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and the U.K. and Ireland.
Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out which is debuting in 28 markets (or about 42% of its offshore bow) this weekend has a release schedule that takes into count the little guys, with both studios staggering their release dates. As my colleague Nancy Tartaglione reported in the box office preview report, to read about that and why neither picture is set in China yet, read the story here.
PREVIOUSLY, Thursday, 1:35 PM: Minions, the next installment in Universal Pictures/Illumination’s highly successful animated franchise, has just bowed this week in Australia and Indonesia with UPI showing that the film is pacing well ahead of their other family favorite Despicable Me 2. With Indonesia opening Wednesday and Australia Thursday, the early international total for these two markets in 461 locations is $987,716. It’s no surprise that the highly anticipated DM spinoff Minions opened 32% bigger than DM2 in Australia, overshadowed only by the studio’s box office monster Jurassic World. That’s a high-class problem, no?
In 2013, and through its January 2014 China release, Despicable Me 2 ended up grossing $970.7M worldwide, with 62% of its gross coming from international markets. Its domestic take was $368M vs. $602.7M offshore so Minions is expected to become another major worldwide box office hit for Universal and Illumination. It also could be one of the few films that ends up opening over $100M this summer.
Indonesia opened to No. 1, beating Despicable Me 2 by 41%. UPI notes that it’s the biggest opening day of all-time for an animated film and Universal’s second-biggest opening day behind Fast & Furious 7 and … so, in this market … it’s ahead of Jurassic World.
Minions opens in Malaysia and Singapore today with the international rollout continuing in 40 markets ahead of its North American release on July 10, 2015.
Minions is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. The screenwriter for the 3D-CG comedy is Brian Lynch. Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.