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Box Office Report: ‘Minions’ Now Third Top-Grossing Animated Feature Worldwide

Illumination Entertainment's ‘Minions’ beats the lifetime totals of ‘Despicable Me 2’ ($975.5 million) and ‘The Lion King’ ($987.5 million) to become the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide.

Illumination's ‘Minions’ beats ‘Despicable Me 2’ and ‘The Lion King’ to become the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide.

Universal’s Straight Outta Compton landed at the top of the North American box office for the second weekend in a row, beating out three new contenders with a $26.8 million take for a new domestic total of $111.5 million.

In second place, Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation picked up $11.7 million in its fourth weekend in theaters, bringing the fifth film in the spy franchise’s North American haul to $158 million. Overseas M:I5 also took the number-two spot, earning $25.2 million from 63 territories for a new international total of $280.8 million and global tally of $438.6 million.

Following its debut in China, Paramount and Skydance's Terminator Genisys took the number-one spot internationally, earning $27.4 million from 25,000 locations and marking the fourth-largest opening day ever for a U.S. film behind Fast 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Transformers 4. Terminator Genisys’ international tally is now $264 million for a total $335 million worldwide.

The weekend’s first new entry, Sinister 2, produced by Blumhouse for less than $10 million and released by Focus Films’ genre label Gramercy Pictures, came in third place with a $10.6 million debut. The micro-budgeted horror film about a mother and her two sons who move into a rural house that's inhabited by an evil deity is directed by Ciaran Foy from a script by franchise creators Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

Twentieth Century Fox's video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 earned $8.2 million in its debut for a fourth place finish. Starring Homeland’s Rupert Friend, the $24 million action film was directed by Aleksander Bach from a script by Skip Woods and Michael Finch.

Warner Bros.’ period spy film The Man From U.N.C.L.E was able to crack the top five in its second outing, earning $7.4 million domestically. The Guy Ritchie film, which had a soft debut last weekend, has made $26.6 million domestically to date. Overseas, The Man From U.N.C.L.E brought in an additional $8 million from 39 overseas markets for a total of $52.64 million worldwide.

This weekend's final wide release, the stoner action comedy American Ultra, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, landed in sixth place with a $5.5 million debut. Lionsgate acquired American Ultra ahead of production for $7 million. The film centers on a stoner (Eisenberg) who discovers he's a sleeper CIA assassin, and was originally projected to earn between $6 million and $8 million in its debut.

In seventh place, Joel Edgerton's psychological thriller The Gift took in $4.3 million over its third weekend in theaters for distributor STX Entertainment for a new domestic total of $31 million.

Marvel’s Ant-Man came in eighth place, taking in $4 million at the domestic box office for a new North American total of $164.5 million in North America. Overseas Ant-Man made an additional $2.9 million, lifting its overseas total to $196.5 million and its worldwide total to $361 million after six weeks of release. Ant-Man opens in South Korea on September 3 and in Japan on September 19.

Universal and Illumination's Minions, which came in ninth place domestically, grossed an estimated $8.8 million in 57 territories this weekend for a new international total of $669.4 million. The animated feature’s worldwide total is now $989.4 million, beating the lifetime totals of Despicable Me 2 ($975.5 million) and The Lion King ($987.5 million) to become the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide.

Rounding out the list at number 10, Fox’s Fantastic Four took in $3.6 million from 2,581 theaters over its third weekend at the box office for a new domestic total of $49.6 million. Overseas Fantastic Four earned $16.2 million from 65 territories for a total of to $80.8 million internationally and $130.4 million worldwide.

Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep, now in its third week of release, continued to graze outside the top 10, taking in $1.5 million for distributor Lionsgate for a new domestic total of $14.5 million. Overseas the stop-motion animated feature has made $59.7 million internationally for a total of $74.2 million worldwide.

Elsewhere, Pixar’s Inside Out continued to do big business, earning $10.7 million from 60 overseas territories for a new total of $347.5 million internationally and $689.924 million worldwide. Inside Out is the fifth-highest grossing Pixar release worldwide behind Up with $731.3M. The animated feature lands in Italy on September 16 and Germany on October 1. China has yet to set a release date. 

Universal’s Jurassic World made $5.7 million over this past weekend at the overseas box office for a new international total of $983.3 million. In Japan, where the film continues to dominate, Jurassic World has made a total of $48 million over its 17-day run. The dinosaur blockbuster is now the fourth-highest grossing film of all-time overseas with a total of $983.3 million and the third-highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide with $1.62 billion.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.