Universal reports this morning that Minions got off to a smashing start with an estimated $46.2 million opening day, including Thursday night's early shows. That figure makes it the best opening day by an animated movie in domestic box office history, surpassing Toy Story 3's $41.15 million first day in June 2010. The spin-off of the hugely popular characters also bested Despicable Me 2's $35 million opening day two summers ago, although that sequel bowed on a Wednesday. Early word of mouth from the online crowd isn't exactly glowing with a 65 percent Flixster score (plus a weak 56 percent critics' score on Rotten Tomatoes), but ultimately the target audience (kids) will be more forgiving to the flick. For the weekend, Universal itself projects a $120.9 million opening weekend, although we're a bit more cautious given the strong Thursday turnout and mid-July release. BoxOffice projects a $117 million opening, which would rank as the second best ever for an animated title (behind Shrek the Third's $121.6 million and ahead of Toy Story 3's $110.3 million).
In second place on Friday, Inside Out added another $5.36 million, boosting its total to $271.9 million. The strongly received Pixar flick should rebound well after taking a minor hit from the new animated competition this weekend. BoxOffice projects a $17.7 million fourth frame for the flick.
In third, Jurassic World took in $5.3 million, giving it a new domestic tally of $577.84 million. The mega-blockbuster remains at a 7 percent advantage over where Marvel's The Avengers stood at the same point in release. Universal's own projection for the weekend is $18.3 million.
The Gallows debuted in fourth place with $4.51 million, falling 34 percent short of Unfriended's opening day back in April and 19 percent ahead of February's The Lazarus Effect. Early word of mouth is in the cellar with a 36 percent Flixster score and 13 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, further extending this year's lack of notable horror breakouts. BoxOffice projects a $10.2 million weekend. The film received a "C" CinemaScore.
Filling out the top five, Terminator Genisys posted $4 million on Friday. With a 10-day sum of $59.02 million domestically, the reboot continues to perform at a disappointing level. BoxOffice projects a $13.2 million sophomore weekend.
Meanwhile, Magic Mike XXL earned $3.64 million yesterday. That gives it a 10-day total of $42.36 million. BoxOffice projects a $9.5 million frame.
Last but not least, Self/Less debuted to $1.958 million yesterday. BoxOffice projects a $5.1 million opening weekend. Unfortunately, the film's 59 percent Flixster score and 21 percent critics' rating indicate a short lifespan.