Minions: The Rise of Gru to claim largest 4th of July opening.
Minions: The Rise of Gru is the sequel to the 2015 film. The Minions franchise is a prequel to Despicable Me. The Rise of Gru has hit theaters over the Fourth of July weekend and accumulated a global box office total of $202,210,000. Domestically it made $108,510,000 and is on pace to make $127.9 million by Monday, July 4th. That would make it the biggest Fourth of July debut in North America. The record was previously held by 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Read our Movie Review.
In the ’70s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru is growing up in the suburbs. He is a fanboy of a supervillain supergroup, the Vicious 6. Gru decides to hatch a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons, and pull off their first missions.
The infamous supervillain supergroup, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, the legendary martial arts fighter Wild Knuckles. Gru, their most devoted fanboy, interviews to become their newest member. The Vicious six is not impressed by the diminutive, wannabe villain, but then Gru outsmarts (and enrages) them, and he suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to master the art of kung fu to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friend.