- It's a strong start for "Minions"
- The film is a prequel to "Despicable Me"
The yellow gibberish-talking troublemakers made their way back into U.S. theaters Thursday night to earn $6.2 million at late night shows in 2,985 theaters.
It's a strong start for Minions, which began rolling out at 6 p.m. last night. As a comparison, Illumination's 2013 film Despicable Me 2 earned $4.7 million at late night shows that began at 7 p.m.
Illumination Entertainment and Universal's prequel about the super-villain assistants is expected to do big business this weekend, likely to earn in the $100 million-$110 million range for one of the biggest three-day debuts of all time for an animated film.
The family film follows the minions as they search for a new master by attending Villain-Con in Florida. The voice cast includes Sandra Bullock, Pierre Coffin, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan and Geoffrey Rush.
Warner Bros. horror film The Gallows earned $900,000 Thursday night. The film centers on students who resurrect a failed high school play 20 years after a horrific accident in a small town. Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing directed the New Line and Blumhouse film.
This weekend's third new offering is Focus Features' sci-fi thriller Self/less starring Ryan Reynolds. It earned $325,000 at 1,600 theatees Thursday night.