UPDATED, with correction: Illumination Entertainment/Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru didn’t stop making money just because it wasn’t a holiday. The pic’s gross yesterday was $17.53M, which is easily the best Tuesday ever for an Illumination Entertainment title at the domestic box office, besting the $17.51M made by the animation studio’s Sing on December 27, 2016.
Rise of Gru‘s Tuesday is also ahead of Minions’ first Tuesday on July 14, 2015, which made $16.8M.
Overall, Rise of Gru saw a 9% climb in its daily box office over its Fourth of July $16.08M ticket sales; the holiday usually is a down-day at the box office given the festive distractions. Through five days, Rise of Gru stands at $142M, which is 2.4% behind Minions over the same time frame.
Early a.m. estimates from Comscore initially overinflated the Tuesday being reported on Rise of Gru. Among Tuesdays at the domestic box office for Universal, the toon ranks as their fourth-best ever behind Jurassic World ($24.3M, June 16, 2015); Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($18.39M, June 26, 2018) and Les Miserables ($18.1M, Dec. 25, 2012). Rise of Gru is still ahead of any Fast & Furious Tuesday, the highest being Furious 7‘s $13.3M from April 7, 2015.
Rise of Gru is expected to decline around 55% in its second weekend with around $48M, as Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder comes to conquer with a $140M-$160M opening.
Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick was second on Tuesday with $4.8M, -25% from July 4th with a running total of $575.4M in its sixth week. Warner Bros.’ Elvis was third with $3.9M, -8% from July 4th with a running cume of $74.9M in the midst of its second week.
Universal owned spots 4 and 5, respectively, with Jurassic World Dominion and Blumhouse’s The Black Phone at $2.73M (-31%) and $2.26M (-30%). Dominion stands at $338.5M domestic, and Black Phone at $51.5M.
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