NORTH AMERICA: ‘Minions’ Comfortably Leads Monday with $12.95M; ‘Inside Out’ Takes Second with $2.40M; ‘Jurassic World’ Claims Third with $2.15M

Minions continued to comfortably lead the daily box office on Monday with $12.95 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment fell 58 percent from Sunday’s performance. Minions has grossed a very strong $128.66 million in four days. That is on the very high end of the film’s lofty pre-release expectations and places the film 27.5 percent ahead of the recent $100.93 million four-day start of Inside Out. Minions is running 8 percent ahead of the $119.41 million four-day take of 2013’s Despicable Me 2, though it should be noted that Despicable Me 2 opened on a Wednesday (which will lead to Minions losing most of its current percentage lead by the end of today). Minions marks yet another blockbuster level performer for Universal in 2015, as it joins the likes of Jurassic World, Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2 and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fellow 3D computer animated film Inside Out placed in a distant second with $2.40 million. Inside Out was down 54 percent from Sunday and down 52 percent from last Monday. The blockbuster film from Disney and Pixar has held up respectably since Minions entered the marketplace on Friday. The 25-day total for Inside Out Stands at $286.59 million. That leaves the film just $13.41 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone and places the film an impressive 20 percent ahead of the $239.29 million 25-day gross of 2013’s Monsters University.

Universal’s Jurassic World took third place for the day with $2.15 million. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel declined 59 percent from Sunday and 48 percent from last Monday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $592.84 million through 32 days of release. The film is now just $7.16 million away from becoming the fourth film to ever reach the unadjusted $600 million domestic mark. Jurassic World is running 7 percent ahead of the $554.99 million 32-day take of 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers.

Paramount’s Terminator Genisys placed in fourth with $1.60 million. The pricey Arnold Schwarzenegger led 3D sci-fi action sequel fell a sharp 62 percent from Sunday and 53 percent from last Monday. Terminator Genisys passed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $70.45 million in thirteen days. That is below the film’s already scaled back expectations and places the film 24.5 percent behind the $93.34 million thirteen-day take of 2009’s Terminator Salvation.

Warner’s Magic Mike XXL rounded out Monday’s top five with $1.29 million. The Channing Tatum led sequel was down just 47 percent from Sunday and down 45 percent from last Monday. Magic Mike XXL has grossed $49.59 million in thirteen days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark today. While it has rebounded nicely over the past week, Magic Mike XXL is still performing significantly below expectations and is running 38 percent behind the $80.37 million thirteen-day gross of 2012’s Magic Mike.

Warner’s The Gallows and Focus’ Self/Less took sixth and eighth place on Monday with respective daily grosses of $1.11 million and $0.644 million. The Gallows was down 49 percent from Sunday, while Self/Less was down 57 percent. Respective four-day grosses stand at a modest $10.92 million for The Gallows and at an expectedly disappointing $6.05 million for Self/Less. Both films should fade away from theatres very quickly.

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