Box office: ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ outperforms expectations on 4th of July weekend, while ‘Maverick’ remains strong

Box office: ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ outperforms expectations on 4th of July weekend, while ‘Maverick’ remains strong
Universal is having a great 4th of July weekend so far, with three movies in the top five at the box office. The latest entry of its long-running “Minions” animation franchise, “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” far surpassed all expectations and projections to win the weekend with an estimated 108.5 million over the three days, not including Monday. That’s less than the 115.7 million made by 2015’s “Minions” but quite a bit more than the 72.3 million opening for 2017’s “Despicable Me 3.”

Although critics were mixed on the movie, rating it with 72 Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, that was better than the previous two installments, and audiences seemed to enjoy it more, going by the 91 audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and its “A” CinemaScore.

A prequel boasting the origin story of Steve Carell’s villainous Gru, “The Rise of Gru” brought in 48.2 million on Friday with 10.8 million of that coming from Thursday previews,
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