The first Minions movie served as a spinoff/prequel to Despicable Me, and grossed $1.16 billion upon its release in 2015. Add in the box office takings from the three Despicable Me films, and the series has banked $3.7 billion, making it the highest-grossing animated film franchise of all time.
While specific plot details are being kept under wraps, the title Minions: The Rise of Gru seems to suggest that the sequel will serve as an origin of sorts for Steve Carell’s supervillain Gru.
Minions: The Rise of Gru will open alongside the Ryan Reynolds-headlined Free Guy, the two films sandwiched between Top Gun: Maverick the weekend before and Ghostbusters 3 the weekend after.
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