Jul 14, 2015

    Minions take over N. America box office


    ANIMATED comedy Minions - a prequel to the Despicable Me movies that features three tiny, villainous creatures - scored big at the North American box office over the weekend, according to industry estimates on Sunday.

    The caper, which tells the story of lozenge-shaped, yellow characters whose goal is to serve the most despicable master, debuted at the top spot with a haul of

    US$115.2 million (S$155.8 million), box-officer tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

    "Great marketing, a perfect release date and multiple high-profile product tie-ins made this a guaranteed hit and, perhaps, one of the most perfectly realised movie spin-offs ever," analyst Paul Dergarabedian of box-office tracker Rentrak said of Minions. The Universal film's opening was big enough to push last week's top performer, animated flick Inside Out, down to third place with US$17.1 million.

    Inside Out features the voice of comedian Amy Poehler and follows young Riley as her emotions of joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness battle it out internally as she copes with a move to a new city.

    Jurassic World was unchanged in second place and pulled in another US$18.1 million, bringing the dinosaur movie's overall total to a huge US$590.7 million.

    Taking the fourth spot was action-packed, sci-fi flick Terminator Genisys, which brought in US$13.7 million in its second weekend.

    Debuting in fifth place was Hollywood producer Jason Blum's latest spine-tingler, The Gallows, which earned US$10 million.

    The movie, whose handheld camera technique recalls that of 1999's The Blair Witch Project, gives young actors Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos and Cassidy Gifford their first substantial roles.