Minions lead record weekend for Universal at Irish box-office

2015 is turning into a stellar year for Universal Pictures at the box-office, with their latest animated film Minions taking $115.2 million in North America alone and earning the second-largest opening for an animated film in history.

Not content with setting records in America the studio has become the first ever distributor to achieve a 1-2-3 treble at the top of the All-Ireland box office. Combined, the three films accounted for 69% of the total Irish market. This comes on top of the news that they accomplished the same feat in the UK & Irish combined box-office.

Minions led the way at the number one spot, earning an impressive  €466,823  , to bring its total All_ireland box-office to €3,739,926. Ted 2 opened in second, with €441,924. The film opened on Wednesday so its 5-day total was €676,664. In the third spot Jurassic World dropped a low 29% to earn €180,033, taking the film to €5,273,203 over its 5 week run.

Elsewhere in the charts Terminator Genisys suffered a big drop of 49% to take €170,565 and the number 4 spot. Magic Mike XXL had a comparable drop of 41% into fifth on the charts with €99,228 for the weekend. Spy dropped 30% in its sixth week to take spot 7 and €38,474.

The smallest drop of the week went to the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy at 8. The film is now the sixth biggest non-concert documentary of all time in the combined UK and Irish box-office. The last holdover film from last week’s charts is The Longest Ride at 9, which took €23,510 in its fourth week, dropping 45%, but crossing the half million point in the process.

As well as Ted 2, two other new films charted this weekend. Irish animation Song of the Sea debuted at number 6, with a disappointing €44,159. This achingly beautiful film deserves a wider audience, and the hope is that, as with all animation, it will have legs and chart for a number of weeks. The other new entry was the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy which took a respectable €19,825.

The cumulative €5,273,203 for Jurassic World so far sees it comfortably secure the number 1 spot for the year at the combined Irish box-office. Minions take brought it into the Top 5 for the year, where it shares the spotlight with 3 other Universal films, Jurassic World at 1, Fast & Furious 7 at 3, and Fifty Shades of Grey at number 4. The only non-Universal title in the Top 5 is Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

All-Ireland Top 10 – Weekend July 10-12

  1. Minions €466,823  (wk.3,- 34%.Cum.€3,739,926)
  2. Ted 2 €441,924 (wk.1,Cum.€676,664)
  3. Jurassic World €180,033 (wk.5,-29%.Cum.€5,273,203)
  4. Terminator: Genisys  €170,565 (wk.2,-49%.Cum.€850,272)
  5. Magic Mike XXL €99,228 (wk.2,-41%.Cum.€495,699)
  6. Song of the Sea €44,159 (wk.1,Cum.€45,054)
  7. Spy €38,474 (wk.6,-30%,Cum. €1,405,618)
  8. Amy €38,432 (wk.2,-10%,Cum.€139,640)
  9. The Longest Ride €23,510 (wk.4,-45%,Cum.€525,117)
  10. Love & Mercy €19,825 (wk.1,Cum.€19,825)

2015 Top 5 Titles YTD:

  1. Jurassic World €5,273,203
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron €4,240,549
  3. Fast & Furious 7 €3,969,517
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey €3,908,471
  5. Minions €3,739,926