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‘Minions’ Hits $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

Universal-Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions” has crossed the $1 billion milestone at the worldwide box office — another indication of a dominant year for the studio.

It’s the third milestone of the week for Universal, which set a record for top domestic year on Aug. 26 with $2.113 billion and for top international year on Aug. 24 with $3.78 billion.

The animated comedy has grosses of $682 million internationally and $321.9 million in North America, making Minions” the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time after “Frozen” and “Toy Story 3.” It’s the 23rd film to gross $1 billion worldwide.

Universal noted that the milestone also marks the first time any studio has had three films cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office in a single year. “Furious 7” has grossed $1.512 billion and “Jurassic World” has grossed $1.628 billion — and it’s still in theaters.

With “Minions,” Illumination’s five releases — including “Despicable Me,” “Hop,” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” and “Despicable Me 2” — have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide altogether.

“Minions” is also is the highest-grossing animated title of all time in 11 territories — Hungary, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Philippines, Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, Ukraine, U.A.E. and Vietnam — and Universal’s highest-grossing film of all time in France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Slovakia.

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“Minions” opens Friday in Italy, followed by Turkey on Sept. 4, China on Sept. 13 and Greece on Sept. 24.

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