The “Minions” are showing their box office competition who’s boss.
The beloved yellow underlings pulled in $46 million Friday night in 4,301 locations, which puts them on track for a $120 million opening weekend, higher than early estimates had forecasted. “Minions” started its good streak early, grossing $6.2 million at 2,985 U.S. locations in Thursday night previews, the most ever for an animated film.
The laffer stars Sandra Bullock as the minions’ latest villainous boss. Should “Minions” remain on track for such a large opening, the Universal-Illumination Entertainment animated comedy will be the fourth film this year to debut above the $100 million mark — joining “Furious 7,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Jurassic World.”
A spinoff of the “Despicable Me” films, “Minions” looks sure to out outdo the originals. The first “Despicable Me” opened to $56.3 million in 2010 on its way to a $250 million-plus total haul stateside. The sequel opened to an even larger $83.5 million in 2013, pulling in a total of $368 million in the U.S.
If “Minions” finishes north of $120 million, it could knock “Shrek the Third” out of the No. 1 spot for an animated film debut. The third “Shrek” premiered to $121.6 million in 2007, and second place is currently held by “Toy Story 3’s” $110 million haul in 2010.
Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out,” which was expected to serve as “Minions'” animated family comedy competition, fizzled by comparison, pulling in just $5 million on Friday night. Record-breaking “Jurassic World” fared similarly, also netting $5 million Friday night. Other holdover “Terminator Genisys” finished Friday with just shy of $4 million.
Other new releases for the weekend include horror pic “The Gallows,” which nabbed $4.5 million in 2,720 locations on Friday night, on track for $10-11 million on the weekend.
Ryan Reynolds starrer “Self/Less” opened to $2 million in 2,353 locations. The sci-fi pic should finish the weekend with $5 million.