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‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Biggest July 4 Weekend Box Office Opener Ever

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru generated an estimated domestic gross of $127.9 million over the Fourth of July weekend, shattering the previous record of $115.9 million set over the same four-day period in 2011.

Paramount Pictures’ enduring fighter jet sequel Top Gun: Maverick continued to resonate among moviegoers, generating another strong $33 million in ticket sales across more than 3,800 screens. The Tom Cruise actioner remains the highest-grossing North American release in 2022 with almost $570 million in revenue after six weeks of release, $1.1 billion globally.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis filled out the slate with $23.5 million in revenue across more than 3,900 screens. The Baz Luhrmann-directed movie stars Austin Butler as the King of Rock & Roll and has generated $71 million in domestic ticket sales, $118 million globally.

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Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion earned $19.7 million during the weekend. The sixth movie in the dinosaur franchise has generated more than $335 million at North American screens, and more than $831 million worldwide.

The studio’s Blumhouse horror movie, The Black Phone, featuring Ethan Hawke, added more than $14 million in revenue through July 4, to bring its North American tally near $50 million. Globally, the film has now brought in an estimated $77 million in ticket sales.

Finally, Disney/Pixar Animation’s Lightyear generated an estimated $7.7 million across 3,800 screens. The “Toy Story” spin-off looked to top $106 million after three weeks of release, and $188 million worldwide.

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