‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Due on Digital Aug. 30, Disc Sept. 6

Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru will be released on digital (after a premium purchase and rental run) Aug. 30 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film explores the early life of the master of evil Gru, who is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

The film features the voices of Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin.

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The more than 60 minutes of bonus features in the collector’s edition include two new mini movies, outtakes, a how-to draw (and animate) lesson with co-director Brad Ableson, and family activities. 

Minions: The Rise of Gru earned $350.8 million at the domestic box office.

Vudu Offering Exclusive Clips, Gift Cards, Game Discount for ‘Rise of Gru’ Debut

Vudu is offering fans exclusive behind-the-scenes clips of Steve Carell at Vudu and Fandango.com as Universal and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru debuts on the transactional digital service. 

The title is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Vudu is also providing a guide to activities, games and crafts, including activity sheets that feature instructions for making a Minions pet rock and how to create an origami ninja star, minions badges and minion popsicle stick puppets, as well as access to coloring sheets and a banana split recipe.

Vudu is also offering seven Minions: The Rise of Gru-themed gift cards.

In addition, for a limited time, consumers purchasing Minions: The Rise of Gru on Vudu will get a discount code good for 50% off the new Exploding Minions family game, the Minions-themed version of the popular Exploding Kittens, featuring new cards and illustrations. Here’s how to play the game and see here for details on the offer.

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Universal’s ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Eyeing Massive July 4 Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru is projected to rival the franchise’s successful box office track record, generating upwards of $70 million to $90 million in estimated ticket sales over the four-day July 4 weekend.

The franchise, which includes 2010’s Despicable Me, 2013’s Despicable Me 2, 2017’s Despicable Me 3, and 2015 spin-off Minions, has generated $3.7 billion in global revenue. Indeed, Minions holds the franchise mark for highest domestic opening box office weekend with $115.7 million in ticket sales.

With the fifth installment, The Rise of Gru, slated for more than 4,400 North American screens, Universal is hoping the movie’s two-year release delay due to the pandemic will drive moviegoer interest. Regardless, the studio reportedly is projecting $60 million in ticket sales over the four-day weekend — despite the movie generating $10.8 million in Thursday screenings.

That’s a far cry from the 2022 record $187 million generated by Disney/Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in its opening weekend.

Among the box office returning releases, Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick is expected to remain on its lucrative flight plan with an estimated $26 million to $33 million in ticket sales, upping its domestic haul past $572 million after six weeks of release.

Universal’s dinosaur franchise’s Jurassic World: Dominion is projected to generate $18 million to $23 million in additional ticket sales in its fourth weekend of release domestically.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis is expected to add $17 million to $21 million in its second weekend of release, followed by Universal’s Ethan Hawke horror film The Black Phone ($13 million to $15 million), and Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear with $9 million to $11 million in projected third-weekend ticket sales.

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‘Sing 2’ Now Available for Digital Download, Arriving on Disc March 29

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the animated film Sing 2 through digital retailers March 1, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 29.

The sequel to Illumination Entertainment’s 2016 hit Sing finds the ever-optimistic Koala, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), and his cast having big dreams of staging their most dazzling show yet in the glittering entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. But to do so, they must persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway (Bono), to join them. Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), Ash (Scarlett Johansson), Johnny (Taron Egerton), Meena (Tori Kelly) and Gunter (Nick Kroll) also return.

The film has earned more than $150 million at the domestic box office.

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The Blu-ray, 4K and DVD editions of the film include two new mini movies: For Gunter’s Eyes Only, in which Johnny and Gunter attend a hypnotist show in Redshore City where Gunter is hypnotized and believes he is a 007 type spy, and Animal Attraction, in which Darius messes up his commercial shoot and audition.

Other extras include outtakes, super sing-alongs, a “How to Dance to Sing 2” featurette, “The Voices of Sing 2” featurettes with McConaughey and Witherspoon, and “How to Draw” featurettes focused on Buster Moon and Ash.

The Blu-ray and 4K combo packs will include additional bonus materials such as a “Meet the Animators” featurette; additional behind-the-scenes featurettes about stage design, make-up, microphones, costumes and props; a collection of “From the Drawing Room” featurettes with more looks being-the-scenes; additional “Voices of Sing 2” featurettes with Egerton, Kelly, Kroll and Garth Jennings; and additional “How to Draw” segments focused on Johnny, Miss Crawly and Clay Calloway.