Universal Pictures just revealed that the Minions box office has surpassed $1 billion worldwide! The Universal and Illumination Entertainment release has grossed an estimated $682 million internationally and $321.9 million in North America.
The Minions box office also marks the first time any studio has had three films cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office in a single year. Furious 7 grossed $1.512 billion and Jurassic World has grossed $1.628 billion and counting. Currently the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time, Minionsopened number one in North American and in 56 international territories so far. The film still has three markets to open in addition to Italy, where it opens today. Turkey will release the film September 4 with China following on September 13 and the film finally coming to Greece on September 24.
Illumination has released five features (the list also includes, in chronological order, Despicable Me, Hop, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Despicable Me 2) that have cumulatively grossed more than $3 billion worldwide.
Minions is now the third-highest grossing animated film of all time (behind Frozen and Toy Story 3).