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‘The Minions’ bring families back to the movies

The Minions – the talkative, yellow, bespectacled stars of the “Despicable Me” animated film franchise – have a habit of banding together to track down their hapless rulers. This weekend, it was the children and their parents who lined up, and in droves.

Illumination Entertainment’s ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ blew out initial box office expectations to gross $108.5 million domestically in the strongest opening weekend for an animated feature since before the pandemic, an encouraging sign for Hollywood studios unsure whether family films would recover as quickly as big event movies aimed at adults.

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