Box Office Booming: 'Despicable Me 4' Leads Successive Streak of Hits That Have Saved Summer Movie Season

Moviegoers flock to theaters for holiday weekend as 'Despicable Me 4' leads successive streak of hits that have saved summer movie season

While overall ticket sales were down more than 40% from levels prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, heading into the summer moviegoing season, theaters have seen a succession of hits in recent weeks.

After Sony's "Bad Boys: Ride or Die" outperformed expectations, Pixar's "Inside Out 2" rapidly cleared $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide, making it the first release since "Barbie" to reach that mark.

Last weekend, the Paramount prequel "A Quiet Place: Day One" also came in above expectations.

The Independence Day holiday weekend saw the release of Illumination and Universal Pictures' "Despicable Me 4," which further extended the considerable box-office reign of the Minions, arguably the most bankable force in movies today.

The sequel, which returns the voice cast led by Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, scored $75 million in ticket sales Friday through Sunday and $122.6 million since opening on Wednesday.

The run of hits has caused some studios to boost their forecasts for the summer movie season.

Heading into the most lucrative season at theaters, analysts were predicting a $3 billion summer, down from the more typical $4 billion mark.

Now, closer to $3.4 billion appears likely.

The weekend's other top new release was Ti West's "MaXXXine," the third in a string of slasher films from A24 starring Mia Goth.

In 2,450 locations, "MaXXXine" collected $6.7 million in ticket sales, a franchise best.

The film, which follows "X" and "Pearl" (both released in 2022), stars Goth as a 1980s Hollywood starlet hunted by a killer known as the Night Stalker.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore.

Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

"Despicable Me 4," $75 million.

"Inside Out 2," $30 million.

"A Quiet Place Day One," $21 million.

"MaXXXine," $6.7 million.

"Bad Boys: Ride or Die," $6.5 million.

"Horizon: An American Saga, Chapter 1," $5.5 million.

"Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot," $3.2 million.

"Kaiki 2898," $1.8 million.

"The Bikeriders," $1.3 million.

"Kinds of Kindness," $860,000.

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