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Minions: The Rise of Gru Exceeds Top Gun, Taking the Biggest July 4th Opening Title

There was a box office tie last week. However, the results are evident this weekend as Minions: The Rise of Gru takes the top spot at the domestic and worldwide box office.

The fifth Despicable Me film grossed around $105 million in three days and is expected to gross $127.9 by the end of the July 4 weekend.

Worldwide, Minions: The Rise of Gru grossed $93.7 million, bringing its three-day international total to $202 million.

Minions: The Rise of Gru brings another domination as the highest-grossing animated movie franchise, which Despicable Me has earned since 2017. It might also take the title as the all-time highest July 4th opening – if the estimates hold, it will exceed Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011.

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Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, in its sixth week, is still above the clouds, decreasing only 14 percent from last week for an expected four-day earning of $32.5 million. The much-awaited sequel is estimated to top $570 million by the end of the holiday weekend. 

Elvis, directed by Laz Luhrmann, paved its way into the third spot, decreasing 36 percent from its first week in release, gaining $19 million more than three days and is expected to take another $2 million on the Fourth, taking its two-week sum to an estimated $70 million. 

Completing the top 5 list in its fourth release week is Jurassic World Dominion, gaining an estimated $19 million more than four days for a domestic box office through Monday of $335 million. 

Finally, The Black Phone by Ethan Hawke sits at number 5. The film too in about $14.6 by the end of the holiday weekend, taking its two-week sum to nearly $50 million.

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