Box Office: ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ Gets Down With $202M Worldwide, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Soars Past $1.1B

  1. Minions: The Rise of Gru (review)- $108.5M

The seven-year wait and COVID-19 delays have only made the heart grow fonder for those pesky, merchandise cash cows the Minions! Minions: The Rise of Gru opened with a whopping $108.5M weekend, and a 4-day holiday total of $127.9M. That’s a record-breaker for the Independence Day weekend, and is the highest-grossing opener for an animated film since Frozen 2. What’s clear is that the Minions brand is bigger than the Despicable Me brand at this point. The first spinoff way back in 2015 earned a ridiculous $1.1B when all was said and done. This sequel, which has $202M worldwide when international numbers are factors in, has a good chance of beating that.

2. Top Gun: Maverick– $25.5M/$564M

It was a birthday gift like no other for Tom Cruise. The now 60-year-old superstar’s smash Top Gun: Maverick has just surpassed $1.1B at the box office, best ever for his incredible career.

3. Elvis– $19M/$67.3M

Baz Luhrmann’s rockin’ Elvis biopic understandably fell 39% in week two, which still ain’t bad, for $67M domestic haul after two weeks. However, worldwide it has passed the century mark pretty quickly with $113M. Luhrmann’s top-grosser is 2013’s The Great Gatsby with $353M, so Elvis has a long way to go.

4. Jurassic World Dominion– $15.6M/$331.8M

5. The Black Phone– $12.3M/$47.4M

6. Lightyear– $6.5M/$105.3M

7. Mr. Malcolm’s List (review)- $851K

Bleecker Street’s Regency romance Mr. Malcolm’s List opened with just $851K in over 1300 locations. The film’s claim-to-fame has been its diverse casting, with most leads played by persons of color, including Freida Pinto, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, Ashley Park, and Zawe Ashton.

8. Everything Everywhere All At Once– $551K/$67M

9. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness– $390K/$410.5M

10. Jug Jugg Jeeyo– $308K/$1M

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.