'Minions' Passes $1B at the International Box Office, Sets New Record

Spinning out of the "Despicable Me" franchise, "Minions" has passed $1b at the international box office, making it the third highest-grossing animated film of all time. Deadline reports that, in addition to this milestone, "Minions" marks the first time any studio has had three films reach $1B at the worldwide box office in a single year.

With premieres in store for Italy, Turkey and Greece and continued showings in the Middle Kingdom, "Minions" is sure to pull in even more at the international box office. Among its other accolades, the film has become the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time; the highest-grossing animated title of all time in 11 territories; Universal’s highest-grossing film of all time in seven; and the biggest animated movie ever in Latin America.

On its opening day, the film pulled in $46.2m at the domestic box office, breaking the record for the largest opening day for an animated feature in North America. “Minions” also grossed more than  $200 million worldwide that weekend, breaking similar records in France and Russia.

Produced by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, the animated film traces the history of the little yellow henchmen from the dawn of time to 1968, when they meet superstar villain Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) at Villain-Con. With that encounter, their lives will never be the same, and Scarlet’s may never recover.

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, “Minions” traces the history of the little yellow henchmen from the dawn of time to the 1960s. Opening July 10, the film also stars Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney and Steve Coogan.

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