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Box Office Report

‘Minions’ Is Now the Third-Highest Grossing Animated Film of All-Time


The summer of Minions is still going strong. Last weekend, the film grossed $12.5 million globally, boosting its worldwide total to $989.4 million and making it the third highest-grossing animated feature of all-time. Minions edged out the $987.5M gross of Disney’s The Lion King for the bronze glory.

The current top-10 animation grossers of all-time are:

  1. Frozen (Disney): $1.27 billion
  2. Toy Story 3 (Pixar): $1.06 billion
  3. Minions (Illumination): $989.4 million
  4. The Lion King (Disney): $987.5 million
  5. Despicable Me 2 (Illumination): $970.8 million
  6. Finding Nemo (Pixar): $936.7 million
  7. Shrek 2 (DreamWorks): $919.8 million
  8. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Blue Sky): $886.7 million
  9. Ice Age: Continental Drift (Blue Sky): $877.2 million
  10. Shrek the Third (DreamWorks): $799 million

Minions is now set to become only the third animated film ever to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The film’s last major market is China next month, which will propel Minions past Toy Story 3′s lifetime total and earn second-place for the yellow henchmen on the all-time list.

Love’em or hate’em, Minions is a remarkable accomplishment for Illumination Entertainment, which is just eight years old. The studio’s next film, The Secret Life of Pets, will be released in July 2016.

  • Art Ranchero

    I liked this movie.

  • ThatGuy

    Hopefully the artists get paid as such.

  • I’m just curious, WHY has this movie done so well? I have not watched it but I see pretty mixed feelings about the movie (tho mostly negative). was it advertising? all the products being sold? did kids just LOVE it so much? any one have a good theory or link to an article about this?

    • Renard N. Bansale

      Minions is my least-favorite film of the year so far. If the year were to end right now, I would forward it as the film I hated the most in 2015.

      • Name

        Someone hasn’t seen Fantastic Four…

        • Renard N. Bansale

          Oh I’ve seen that. It’s more wasted potential as opposed to crap.

    • Jack Blackstone

      Inflation bro.

  • JodyMorgan

    Inside Out has Minions beat in terms of US box office, $342,553,567 to $320,518,115. Minions, however, has earned almost twice as much in the international market, $670,160,255 to $347,500,000. Make of that what you will.

    • white vader

      Or preferably, don’t. Just as I would hope many foreigners like me wouldn’t be so easily pleased (I mean my God that trash DM2 made squillions too and Minions coasted it in), I don’t judge all Americans by the LCD leanings, resistance to reading (subtitles) and myopic view of animation that causes those sort of figures. Not to mention the foreign market is much bigger across the board than it used to be.

  • JodyMorgan

    No, you’re correct; movie studios, for obvious reasons, tend to ignore the concept of “adjusting for inflation”. If you do so, the top five animated movies of all time are Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Lion King, Fantasia, and The Jungle Book. (Source: Box Office Mojo)

    • AmidAmidi

      The reason the figures for some of those Disney classics are so high is because of the numerous re-releases, which have been tacked onto the original gross. That means you’d be comparing the gross of “Minions” which has been released once, to the gross of “Snow White,” which has been released theatrically at least 8 times.

      By my calculation, if you adjusted Snow White’s original 1937 audience numbers for today’s average ticket price, the film would gross around $260 million, which is still less than “Minions.”

  • guest

    AFAIAC, it’s only beating those films because of higher ticket prices and due to revenues pulled in from the higher ticket prices for 3D viewings. It certainly isn’t due to it being better quality than TLK or TS3. It’s not a bad film, but it is nothing hugely outstanding either.

  • guest

    That theory certainly didn’t work out for “Shaun The Sheep” in North America, and it looked a lot funnier to me than “Minions”.

  • Joseph Patrick

    Man… I would love to be a studio executive at Universal right now!

  • AmidAmidi

    “Snow White”‘s domestic gross during its original release was around $8 million. The average ticket price at the time was around a quarter, which means the film had approximately 32 million admissions. Those admissions adjusted for today’s ticket prices leads to the $260 million figure.

    One point in “Snow White”‘s favor: while “Minions” has had nearly 40 million U.S. admissions to date, the U.S. population is nearly 3 times bigger than it was in 1937. So, a far higher percentage of America’s population saw “Snow White” during its original release than saw “Minions.”

    • Uli Meyer

      Interesting stuff. Thanks Amid!

    • Hankenshift

      The really AMAZING thing in addition to the percentage you talk about is the fact that far more people went to the movies on a weekly basis in the 1930’s than they do now (and there were far move movies to see). 50-60 million per week in the mid-1930s vs. 10 million per week today. Of course, there are a wider variety of entertainment options today as well.

  • I say bravo. This film was a very funny thing and it’s at least 612 times more entertaining than Inside Out.

  • KLA

    As the movie says, it’s OK to be sad.

  • white vader

    Whoa. That is indeed pretty gross.

  • Sarah

    It wasn’t funny. There was a full audience in the theater and not a single person laughed, not once. The jokes were lame. Shaun the Sheep was way funnier and didn’t make any money in the U.S. because it wasn’t well marketed. Minions were everywhere, on Amazon boxes, at McDonalds, on billboards, etc.

  • Enrique

    I liked the minions movie it was funny! In fact I watched it two times. I’m expecting Despicable me 3!

  • Funkybat

    I’m a lot more interested in seeing a Despicable Me sequel than a Minions sequel. The Minions are great – as *supporting* characters.

    • The Minions movie lacked the depth that the Despicable Me storylines had. So I agree with you. If they were to do another sequel of Minions, I could give it a chance…but I’d rather go Despicable Me.