Don’t underestimate the Minions.
They’re powerful enough to top the box office, to the tune of $107 million in the opening weekend of “Minions: The Rise of Gru.”
The film proved to be a hit nationally and in Santa Barbara County with young children and their parents, as well as teenagers and college-age people who grew up with the “Despicable Me” franchise. And older fans without kids love the film too.
The movie stars Steve Carrell as the voice of 11-year-old villain Gru, who gets his first break at joining a group of villains. But the ultimate appeal of the Minions consists of two elements:
— 1) Viewers and the Minions know something Gru doesn’t realize: He has a good heart.
— 2) The Minions are consistently hilarious.
Placing No. 2 in the box office “Top Gun: Maverick,” with $25.8 million.
In third place was “Elvis” with $18.5 million.
“Jurassic World: Dominion” was fourth with $16 million.
The horror thriller “The Black Phone” grossed $12.3 million for fifth place.
Placing sixth was “Lightyear,” with Chris Evans as the voice of the popular Space Ranger. The animated adventure grossed $6.37 million.
“Mr. Malcolm’s List,” based on the book about Jeremy Malcolm’s pursuit for the right wife, opened in seventh place with $826,387.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” placed eighth with $551,974.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was in ninth place with $391,000.
“Jugjugg Jeeyo” placed 10th with $308,000.