Box Office: Despicable Me 4 has the second biggest 4th of July of the franchise

Despicable Me 4 made a huge $20 million plus on July 4th, but Horizon is struggling to find an audience.

Last Updated on July 11, 2024

Despicable Me 4

UPDATE: The 4th of July numbers are in, and as expected Despicable Me 4 topped the box office, with a strong $20.4 million. According to Deadline, that’s better than what 2022’s Minions: The Rise of Gru managed, with it making $16 million by comparison. However, it trails Despicable Me 2‘s $24.5 million haul in 2013. Meanwhile, Inside Out 2 officially crossed half a billion dollars at the domestic box office, earning $7.2 million. A Quiet Place; Day One was right behind with $4.7 million. Angel Studio’s The Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot came in 4th place, with a surprisingly strong $3.1 million, while Horizon made a middling $1.87 million, which doesn’t bode too well for the weekend ahead.

ORIGINAL POST: It looks like Steve Carrell’s Gru and his Minions are still a huge draw at the box office, with Deadline reporting that Despicable Me 4 grossed $27 million on Wednesday night, with a potential $120 million 5-day start in sight. It’s going head-to-head with Disney’s smash hit, Inside Out 2, which crossed half a billion dollars domestically yesterday.

So, if Despicable Me 4 makes $70 million this weekend, how does it compare to other films in the franchise? Decent, but its opening will actually be on the lower end, with the last film, Minions: The Rise of Gru, opening to a gigantic $107 million over the same holiday weekend in 2022, and that was just as moviegoers started going back to theatres after the pandemic. This opening should align with Despicable Me 3, which opened with $73 million in 2017 before legging out to a big $264 million domestically.

Inside Out 2 shouldn’t have much of a problem holding on to number 2, with it likely to make in the $30 million range. A Quiet Place: Day One posted a franchise record last weekend, but will word of mouth give it a good hold this weekend? I see it dropping in the 55% ish range, meaning it should do around $23 million. Kevin Costner’s passion project, Horizon, is depending on solid word of mouth from older viewers to give it a decent hold. Anything under 50% would be good, although I’m thinking it will fall north of that number to about $5 million. It will likely be beaten by Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

Here are predictions for the weekend:

  1. Despicable Me 4: $70 million
  2. Inside Out 2: $30 million
  3. A Quiet Place: Day One: $23 million
  4. Bad Boys: Ride or Die: $6 million
  5. Horizon: $5 million

What are you seeing this weekend?

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Chris Bumbray began his career with JoBlo as the resident film critic (and James Bond expert) way back in 2007, and he has stuck around ever since, being named editor-in-chief in 2021. A voting member of the CCA and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, you can also catch Chris discussing pop culture regularly on CTV News Channel.