Those loveable Minions have become the twenty-third motion picture to make more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The Despicable Me spin-off has achieved a rare feat by out-performing the movies that spawned it. The Minions Movie also has the privilege of joining an even more elite club, joining Toy Story 3 and Frozen; Minions is the third animated movie to hit $1 billion.
Summer 2015 has provided four new members to the growing $1 billion club, Furious 7, Jurassic World and Avengers: Age of Ultron each left their mark in the box office history books. If you’d told me this time last year that Jurassic World would be the biggest hit of the summer, I would have thought you were mad.
Other long-running franchises were back this summer in the form of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Terminator Genisys. Tom Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt for the fifth time and has currently brought in $479 million in ticket sales for his efforts. Paramount are already working on another sequel that could shoot as early as next summer.
There’s good news for Terminator fans, thanks to a huge first week in China the critically panned Genisys has now notched up $409 million worldwide. The strong overseas numbers might be enough to ensure at least one of the two planned sequels. Should that be the case, the producers will need to recalibrate the formula to entice jaded fans back to the franchise. If the drastically more expensive Pacific Rim ($190 million budget) can make a similar sum and get a sequel, then surely Terminator 6 can do the same.