Box office: 'Minions' land record $46.2M Friday

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Can "Minions" Keep the "Despicable Me" Streak Alive?

The yellow gibberish-speaking troublemakers are making history at the box office.

Grossing $46.2 million on Friday, Illumination Entertainment and Universal's Minions scored the biggest opening day of all time for an animated film in North America, not accounting for inflation. The Despicable Me prequel is now looking at a $121 million weekend, the second-best showing of all time for an animated offering.

Friday's estimated take includes $6.2 million from Thursday-night previews.

Overseas, where the Illumination Entertainment and Universal prequel began rolling out in select markets two weekends ago, Minions is already a blockbuster and will cross the $200 million mark on Friday. It has opened No. 1 in 43 territories, including 18 markets on Wednesday and Thursday. In France, it has grossed $6.2 million in its first two days, as well as scoring the biggest opening day of 2015 to date, animated or otherwise. It also broke records in Russia, opening to $3.8 million Thursday, the second-biggest debut of all time for any film.

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Box office: 'Minions' land record $46.2M Friday
Celebrities arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's 'Minions' at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Picture by: Quarterflash/Vantage News 27 June 2015. Picture by: Quarterflash/Vantage News 27 June 2015. Vantage News/IPx
Celebrities arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's 'Minions' at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Picture by: Quarterflash/Vantage News 27 June 2015. Picture by: Quarterflash/Vantage News 27 June 2015. Vantage News/IPx
Sandra Bullock arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Minions" at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, June 27, 2015. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Celebrities arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's 'Minions' at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Picture by: Quarterflash/Vantage News 27 June 2015. Picture by: Quarterflash/Vantage News 27 June 2015. Vantage News/IPx
Allison Janney, left, and Sandra Bullock arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Minions" at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, June 27, 2015. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sandra Bullock arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Minions" at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, June 27, 2015. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sandra Bullock arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Minions" at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, June 27, 2015. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sandra Bullock arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Minions" at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, June 27, 2015. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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The current record-holder for the biggest three-day animated opening is Shrek the Third ($122.5 million), followed by Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million). Only one other animated film, Shrek 2 ($108 million), has crossed $100 million in its first weekend. The previous record-holder for biggest opening day was Toy Story ($41.1 million).

Comparisons to Despicable Me 2 are difficult, since the sequel debuted over the long Fourth of July weekend in 2013, earning $143.1 million for the Wednesday-Sunday stretch, including a three-day take of $83.5 million.

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.

Elswhere, Blumhouse and Entertainment 360's micro-budgeted horror film The Gallows opened to an estimated $4.5 million Friday for a projected $11 million weekend, putting it at No. 5.

The movie, acquired by New Line and Warner Bros., cost under $1 million to make. 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 Gallows, which has been skewered by critics.

This weekend's third new offering is Gramercy Pictures' sci-fi thriller Self/less starring Ryan Reynolds. Tht . The movie has quickly become a box-office disappointment, grossing $2 million Friday for a weekend debut in the $5 million range and an eighth-place finish.

July 10, 12:30 p.m. Updated with international numbers.

July 10: 1 p.m. Updated with weekend estimates.

July 11: 7 a.m. Updated with Friday numbers/weekend estimates.


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