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Movie Monday: ‘Despicable Me 4’ Has a Gru-vy Holiday Weekend

Who needs supervillains when you get box-office returns like this?

Despicable Me 4, the latest film to feature bad-guy-turned-good-dad Gru, treated North American theaters like banks just begging to be burgled. The film sauntered into North American multiplexes on July 3 and made off with $122.6 million over five days—including $75 million during the traditional three-day weekend alone. 

That’s a pretty nice haul for Gru and his suddenly moneyed Minions, and it cemented the Despicable Me franchise as one of the most reliable in Hollywood. The movie’s take was more than enough to knock Inside Out 2 off the top of the box office and claim the crown for its own. Despicable Me 4 has also earned $106.9 million overseas, pushing its overall global tally to $229.5 million.

But don’t weep for Inside Out 2. The Disney/Pixar film still finished second, adding another $30 million to its already overflowing coffers. Inside Out 2 has thus far earned $533.8 million in North America, making it by far the year’s highest-grossing film. Worldwide, the movie has banked $1.2 billion. As good a start as Despicable Me 4 has gotten, those will be hard numbers to equal. 

That one-two animated punch suggests that the box office’s 2024 doldrums may be at an end—or, at least, on hiatus for a bit. “After a historically bad first half of the year, the box office is suddenly booming,” wrote Jake Coyle for the Associated Press. Perhaps it’s telling that two family friendly PG films are leading the charge.

A Quiet Place: Day One quietly slipped into third place with $21 million. The film has now earned $94.4 million during its short run.

MaXXXine landed in fourth place with $6.7 million, while Bad Boys: Ride or Die nailed down fifth with $6.6 million. Ride or Die has earned a tidy $177.4 million overall.

And down at No. 7 we find Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot. Angel Studios’ inspirational film earned a very solid $3.6 million on July 4 alone, then followed that with a $3.2 million weekend. That gives Sound of Hope $6.8 million over its four-day run.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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