Universal Pictures' summer hot streak is still going! "Minions," the studio's latest film, opened at No. 1 in the U.S. this weekend, raking in an estimated $115.2 million, Box Office MoJo reported. The animated comedy has been out for two weeks in 26 territories, but it added 30 more this weekend and earned $124.3 million, which brought its international total to $280.5 million and its worldwide total to $395.7 million.
The "Despicable Me" spin-off had the second biggest opening of any animated film. It couldn't exceed the record set by 2007's "Shrek The Third," which opened to $121.6 million. The movie was made for $74 million, so Universal and Illumination Entertainment, who made it together, are both pretty happy this weekend.
"Minions" is the fourth movie of 2015 to earn more than $100 million in its opening weekend. The other movies were "Furious 7," "Jurassic World" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Of those four movies, Universal was behind all except Joss Whedon's follow-up to 2012's "Avengers." Universal is having a great summer; it reached $3 billion worldwide for the year last week, reaching the milestone in record time, breaking the record set by 20th Century Fox in October 2014.
Elsewhere this weekend, "The Gallows," an R-rated horror film, made an estimated $10 million at the domestic box office from 2,270 theaters. "Self/Less," which stars Ryan Reynolds, opened in 2,353 locations to a disappointing $5.4 million.
All of the families rushing to "Minions" hurt Disney/Pixar's "Inside Out," which won last weekend's box office, but fell 43 percent this weekend, earning only $17.1 million from 3,440 theaters. Now in its fourth weekend, "Inside Out" came in third place, right behind "Jurassic World," which grossed $18.1 million from 3,441 locations this weekend.
Also among the holdovers from weekends past was "Terminator: Genisys," which made $13.7 million in 3,783 locations. While its domestic box office performance was disappointing, the franchise found hope internationally. The movie grossed $47.3 million from 60 markets, which brings its foreign total to $156.1 million.
"Magic Mike XXL," which opened Fourth of July weekend, brought in $9.64 million from 3,376 locations. This was a 25 percent drop.