‘Despicable Me 4’ Opens with $120 Million Over Fourth of July Holiday

So, surprise, surprise, but Minions are the rulers of Independence Day.

Lighting/Universal Despicable Me 4 is looking at $28 million Wednesday, excluding Tuesday previews (which weren’t held), which is high enough to bring the film an estimated $120 million over its first five days through Sunday. That’s where tracking had it, and it’s a figure that underscores the continued upward nature of the current box office as event films fill the schedule in the wake of Hollywood’s dual strikes. Friday-Sunday grosses for Despicable Me 4 amounts to $70 million.

Rotten Tomatoes critics aren’t fond of Despicable Me 4 with 53% Rotten, which is lower than Servants. Fortunately for Illumination and Universal, those opinions haven’t stopped audiences from turning this franchise into a multibillion-dollar phenomenon. Proof? The audience RT score for director Chris Renaud and Patrick Delage’s fourth quel is 89%.

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Despicable Me 4 also heads to 52 offshore markets this weekend, including Mexico, Spain and Brazil. The film has already grossed around $25 million at the international box office, and its global total is expected to top $200 million by Sunday.

The fourth Despicable Me Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith and Agnes welcome a new member to the family, Gru Jr., who wants to irritate his father. Gru also has to deal with a new enemy in Maxime Le Mal and his girlfriend Valentina, and the family is forced to go on the run.

The Despicable Me And Minions Universe has an ongoing series that has grossed $4.67 billion worldwide. The highest-grossing title in the franchise is 2015’s Minions with 1.1 billion dollars.

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