Nobody is saying “WTF” about Minions outstanding debut weekend

It was a big weekend for one new release, while two others pretty much crashed and burned big time. Here’s what went down:

imageMinions was the biggest movie of the weekend, which should come as no surprise. The film had a built in audience and, even though the reviews haven’t been super strong, families came out in full force. The early weekend estimates put Minions on top with $115 million, an absolutely outstanding debut. Even alledged swearing Minion toys at McDonald’s couldn’t put a damper on this film.

As for the rest of the top five, Jurassic World slipped to second place with $17.8 million, bringing its North American total to $590. The movies should pass the $600 million mark this week, making it the biggest film of the year by far, and one of the most succesful films of all time. Inside Out was in third place with $17.4 million, while Terminator: Genisys sputtered to fourth place with $13.5 million. New release The Gallows closed things out in fifth place with $10 million.

Meanwhile, the Ryan Reynold/Ben Kingsley sci-fi film Self/Less could only muster up $5.3 million to land in eighth place.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Minions – $125 million
2) Inside Out – $20 million
3) Jurassic World – $18 million
4) Terminator: Genisys – $12 million
5) Magic Mike – $10 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Minions – $115 million
2) Jurassic World – $17.8 million
3) Inside Out – $17.4 million
4) Terminator: Genisys – $13.5 million
5) The Gallows – $10 million

Next weekend sees the debut of Ant-Man and Trainwreck. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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