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(Variety)   The Rise of Gru shatters expectations with $130 million at #1 as Top Gun: Maverick continues to make money at #2. Elvis hound dogs to #3 with $34 million as audiences refuse to hang up on The Black Phone, #5 with $14 million as Lightyear falls to #6   (variety.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Film, animated film, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Toy Story, Rise of Gru, highest domestic opening, film's predecessor, Movie theater  
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2022-07-03 12:24:37 PM  
What Elvis hound-dogging might look like:

Allison Ponthier - Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Official Music Video)
Youtube -AVwsth4urg
 
2022-07-03 12:54:23 PM  
Making money? None of these films will ever turn a profit. subby
 
2022-07-03 1:07:11 PM  
I never got into the Despicable Me franchise. I get the appeal, but personally, the minions were funny for about ten minutes, and beyond that, I found it just treacly overused kiddie movie tropes.

I'm not hating. By all means, keep liking what I don't like. I wish I loved it the same way the rest of the world apparently does.
 
2022-07-03 1:18:10 PM  
All Your Base are Belong To Us
 
2022-07-03 1:21:40 PM  
 
2022-07-03 1:38:28 PM  
I don't know what it is, but the overuse of "The Rise of (whomever)" just annoys the hell out of me.
 
2022-07-03 1:42:42 PM  
Universal Orlando is adding more Minion crap, and for the life of me I couldn't understand why.  Sure, replace the Shrek thing; it's getting pretty old.  But they've already got a Despicable Me ride, and plenty of other properties they could flog instead.  Are these annoying little Tic-Tacs really that popular?

Yes.  Yes they are.  Damn.
 
2022-07-03 2:14:24 PM  
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2022-07-03 2:17:05 PM  

yelmrog: I don't know what it is, but the overuse of "The Rise of (whomever)" just annoys the hell out of me.


Are you suffering from erectile dysfunction?
 
2022-07-03 2:30:31 PM  

gunga galunga: I never got into the Despicable Me franchise. I get the appeal, but personally, the minions were funny for about ten minutes, and beyond that, I found it just treacly overused kiddie movie tropes.

I'm not hating. By all means, keep liking what I don't like. I wish I loved it the same way the rest of the world apparently does.


The genius of the franchise is that it perfectly targets small children, who are just seeing all the treacly overused kiddie movie tropes for the first time. Minions are basically the unleashed id of a five year old, constantly yelling and giggling and getting into everything, and tiny kids love them because they remind them of themselves, while (some) parents love them because they remind them of their tiny kids. It's preschool fare with a few semi-pointed jokes thrown in to keep the grownups awake.

That's not the franchise they set out to make, and I'm not sure they realize they're doing it now, but it's basically a noisier, cruder, far less verbal version of Paw Patrol. If it doesn't appeal to you, you're probably just older than ten.
 
2022-07-03 2:35:25 PM  
Last night they were guesstimating $150M+. Still broke records, but I've seen Wall Street punish stocks for not selling more units than there are human beings on planet Earth.
 
2022-07-03 2:43:34 PM  

EdgeRunner: love them because they remind them of themselves


I frikkin" love the minions.

/ has ADHD ;)
 
2022-07-03 2:50:07 PM  

Jingle Strangle: yelmrog: I don't know what it is, but the overuse of "The Rise of (whomever)" just annoys the hell out of me.

Are you suffering from erectile dysfunction?


The Perenium is the area of skin BEHIND YOUR BALLS
 
2022-07-03 2:52:03 PM  
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Damn Sensient Buttplugs
 
2022-07-03 2:54:01 PM  

lindalouwho: EdgeRunner: love them because they remind them of themselves

I frikkin" love the minions.

/ has ADHD ;)


Don't tell anybody, but I like 'em too. My kid outgrew them, but they're a fond memory of simpler pre-pandemic days when he thought they were hilarious and his verbal skills were about on par with theirs.
 
2022-07-03 3:26:54 PM  
I thought the movies theaters were dead and everyone stayed home and watched Disney+?
 
2022-07-03 3:37:50 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: I thought the movies theaters were dead and everyone stayed home and watched Disney+?


Predictions on Fark have about the same accuracy rate as this guy's. Maybe even less.
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2022-07-03 3:45:26 PM  
My wife does not find Minions amusing, I do. I think the main difference is she's had kids and I haven't.
 
2022-07-03 3:45:58 PM  
Is Top Gun the first worldwide release that hit a billion without China? Doctor Strange MoM got close.
 
2022-07-03 3:49:57 PM  
Finally saw Top Gun. Farking awesome.

/Jennifer Connally is ridiculous
 
2022-07-03 3:53:47 PM  

Lumbar Puncture: Is Top Gun the first worldwide release that hit a billion without China? Doctor Strange MoM got close.


I think Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Dark Knight, Alice in Wonderland, Joker, and the last two Sony Spider Man movies made over a billion without China.
 
2022-07-03 3:57:39 PM  

gunga galunga: I never got into the Despicable Me franchise. I get the appeal, but personally, the minions were funny for about ten minutes, and beyond that, I found it just treacly overused kiddie movie tropes.

I'm not hating. By all means, keep liking what I don't like. I wish I loved it the same way the rest of the world apparently does.


It is one of the better kid's programs.  Hopefully this one holds up - The minions prequil movie mostly worked because the main character wasn't in it - only the minions.  I always worry about a sequel to a prequil.
 
2022-07-03 4:20:49 PM  

WhippingBoi: Lumbar Puncture: Is Top Gun the first worldwide release that hit a billion without China? Doctor Strange MoM got close.

I think Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Dark Knight, Alice in Wonderland, Joker, and the last two Sony Spider Man movies made over a billion without China.


Huh, well hopefully this year with multiple movies not released there topping the highest grossing list some studios start rethinking if it's worth the effort to make separate cuts and deal with their government for release.

Pipe dream but it would be nice if blockbusters didn't write their movies around China's limitations
 
2022-07-03 4:27:15 PM  

lindalouwho: EdgeRunner: love them because they remind them of themselves

I frikkin" love the minions.

/ has ADHD ;)


My 5 year old self loves the minions movies. It's basically the pinnacle of turn off your brain and smile entertainment.
 
2022-07-03 4:59:26 PM  

baron von doodle: lindalouwho: EdgeRunner: love them because they remind them of themselves

I frikkin" love the minions.

/ has ADHD ;)

My 5 year old self loves the minions movies. It's basically the pinnacle of turn off your brain and smile entertainment.


BA NA NA
 
2022-07-03 5:46:37 PM  

whither_apophis: Making money? None of these films will ever turn a profit. subby


Oh, they will. Just not for the post monkeys still dumb enough to take net profits, ie "sucker points."
 
2022-07-03 6:17:54 PM  
I love the Minions. Dressed up as Gru for a Make  A Wish event and had a blast.
But now that I have your attention:

I SWEAR I've seen the movie Black Phone about two years ago.
Does anyone else feel this way?  Same exact plot. Kid gets kidnapped and dead kids on a phone help him.
I'm going crazy trying to figure out the name of the movie I saw exactly like it.

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2022-07-03 6:26:09 PM  

baron von doodle: lindalouwho: EdgeRunner: love them because they remind them of themselves

I frikkin" love the minions.

/ has ADHD ;)

My 5 year old self loves the minions movies. It's basically the pinnacle of turn off your brain and smile entertainment.


That, and they aren't malicious or mean. They just giggle and try to do their best.
 
2022-07-03 6:51:25 PM  

whither_apophis: Making money? None of these films will ever turn a profit. subby


There's plenty of money being made.  Just not by the film specific LLC.
 
2022-07-03 8:16:44 PM  
I like the Minions. they tap into a primal comedy, like a classic mime show.
I do not know if I want to go to a theater and spend money to see it, but when I do catch it I will probably laugh.
 
2022-07-03 10:45:42 PM  

Lumbar Puncture: Is Top Gun the first worldwide release that hit a billion without China? Doctor Strange MoM got close.


No Way Home didn't release in China.
 
2022-07-04 12:30:34 AM  

bobug: baron von doodle: lindalouwho: EdgeRunner: love them because they remind them of themselves

I frikkin" love the minions.

/ has ADHD ;)

My 5 year old self loves the minions movies. It's basically the pinnacle of turn off your brain and smile entertainment.

That, and they aren't malicious or mean. They just giggle and try to do their best.


They're like anti-Farkers.
 
2022-07-04 1:21:47 AM  

Naido: bobug: baron von doodle: lindalouwho: EdgeRunner: love them because they remind them of themselves

I frikkin" love the minions.

/ has ADHD ;)

My 5 year old self loves the minions movies. It's basically the pinnacle of turn off your brain and smile entertainment.

That, and they aren't malicious or mean. They just giggle and try to do their best.

They're like anti-Farkers.


Except both Minions and Farkers think fart jokes are hilarious, and they both like to talk about bottoms a lot. Plus, Minions look like living Twinkies, and if it's true that we are what we eat, the average Farker is also a living Twinkie. There's some common ground here.
 
2022-07-04 1:31:14 AM  
Minions are malicious and violent in a way,
but don't see it as a threat because they are invincible and immortal.

So ... torture is funny.  Their fear of crashing a car comes from fear of being made fun of. Not from possible death.  The worst thing that  can happen is being disliked.
 
2022-07-04 4:32:23 AM  

gunga galunga: I never got into the Despicable Me franchise. I get the appeal, but personally, the minions were funny for about ten minutes, and beyond that, I found it just treacly overused kiddie movie tropes.

I'm not hating. By all means, keep liking what I don't like. I wish I loved it the same way the rest of the world apparently does.


The minions are doing what Shrek and the Star Wars prequels did a decade ago: making buck off ironic memes and nostalgia from kids who were toddlers when they first came out. Like you, not hating, but not overly thrilled to see them trying to reclaim and force a reconsideration of a mediocre animated franchise.
 
2022-07-04 4:33:42 AM  
Also, I liked Elvis. Surprised to see it drop off so much considering I've heard mostly good word of mouth on it.
 
2022-07-04 8:07:27 AM  

havocmike: Also, I liked Elvis. Surprised to see it drop off so much considering I've heard mostly good word of mouth on it.


It's Warner Brothers' Oscar bait movie (nominations for Best Actor, Editing, and Production Design seem to be a lock already) and it comes out on HBO Max in a month.
 
2022-07-04 8:26:12 AM  
Saw Elvis a few days ago.  Like most 2+ hour movies, it would have been a much better movie at under 2 hours.

/ gotta say, fat Tom Hanks was something to watch
// and that nose.
/// He'll be The Penguin in the next Batman
 
2022-07-04 10:42:17 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Universal Orlando is adding more Minion crap, and for the life of me I couldn't understand why.  Sure, replace the Shrek thing; it's getting pretty old.  But they've already got a Despicable Me ride, and plenty of other properties they could flog instead.  Are these annoying little Tic-Tacs really that popular?

Yes.  Yes they are.  Damn.


Universal is doing something really weird to the old Shrek ride. They're making it a *walk thru* ride. Guests will stand on a moving walkway that takes them through scenes from the films. These are pretty popular/standard in Asian countries - Disney Tokyo has a walk through Snow White attraction which is pretty cool (videos are on YouTube).

I'm interested to see how Americans take to this. They might be trying it with Minions because the franchise is so popular it could get Americans into these types of attractions.

But also they want that building for Halloween Horror Nights. Their plans are to use half the building for scare houses during HHH
 
2022-07-04 11:13:54 AM  
Rise of Gru wasn't great, wasn't bad.  Good movie for kiddos, they enjoyed it immensely .
 
2022-07-04 11:23:23 AM  
That's a lot of cheese dip and mulch.
 
2022-07-04 1:03:49 PM  

EdgeRunner: gunga galunga: I never got into the Despicable Me franchise. I get the appeal, but personally, the minions were funny for about ten minutes, and beyond that, I found it just treacly overused kiddie movie tropes.

I'm not hating. By all means, keep liking what I don't like. I wish I loved it the same way the rest of the world apparently does.

The genius of the franchise is that it perfectly targets small children, who are just seeing all the treacly overused kiddie movie tropes for the first time. Minions are basically the unleashed id of a five year old, constantly yelling and giggling and getting into everything, and tiny kids love them because they remind them of themselves, while (some) parents love them because they remind them of their tiny kids. It's preschool fare with a few semi-pointed jokes thrown in to keep the grownups awake.

That's not the franchise they set out to make, and I'm not sure they realize they're doing it now, but it's basically a noisier, cruder, far less verbal version of Paw Patrol. If it doesn't appeal to you, you're probably just older than ten.


Also, the minions don't really speak English, the humor translates well in other countries.
 
2022-07-04 5:02:04 PM  

kermit the forg: Also, the minions don't really speak English, the humor translates well in other countries.


True, but here's a wacky bit of trivia. They occasionally say real words to give the audience a quick moment of "Hey, I understood that!", and to make sure that reaction is the same everywhere, the Minions have slightly different dubs for different countries.

Although Pierre Coffin (who voices the three main Minions) and co-director Kyle Balda derive much of their inspiration from silent comedians and other nonverbal cartoon characters, don't let the Minions' seemingly nonsensical tongue fool you: Coffin insists on dubbing their voices differently for every country, tweaking words that sound recognizable to American ears in order to create an equivalent effect in China, Russia or wherever the films are released.
 
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