Could ‘Minions’ Have The Highest Opening For An Animated Movie?

Universal Pictures’ Minions is on track to easily be the box office champion this weekend, but there’s also a possibility that the movie could be the leader in another category.

According to Box Office Mojo, Minions is estimated to bring in $120.9 million in its opening weekend, but some analysts say there’s a possibility it could have the highest opening for an animated movie. Minions is already on track to top the debuts of Shrek 2 ($108 million) and Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million), and it could surpass the amount brought in by Shrek the Third ($121.6 million), which currently holds the title. The final numbers will be released Monday, July 13.

Minions had a successful Friday, bringing in $46.2 million, and it also shattered a record during its special Thursday night screenings. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Minions scored $6.2 million during Thursday night, the most any animated movie has brought in during special screenings.

Two other new features opened this weekend, but neither of them are a match for Minions. The found-footage horror movie, The Gallows, is looking to bring in $10.8 million, and the Ryan Reynolds/Ben Kingsley psychological thriller, Self/less, is predicted to bring in just $5 million.

So many moviegoers are flocking to Minions this weekend that the film will also top its two predecessors. According to Variety, Despicable Me brought in $56.3 million when it premiered in 2010, and Despicable Me 2 opened to $83.5 million. The two films went on to respectively bring in $251.5 million and $368 million during their initial runs.