Universal's "Minions'' box office collections over the weekend soared as audiences in the U.S. and Canada shelled out an estimated $115.2 million to see the evil-master-serving horde frolic on the big screen. It was the second-biggest opening ever for an animated film and an easy win for the sidekicks who took the spotlight after playing supporting roles in two previous "Despicable Me'' movies. The bright, babbling baldies have become key characters in the franchise from Universal's Illumination Entertainment. "Minions'' was a hit overseas as well, taking the No. 1 spot in 29 of the 30 other countries in which it debuted over the weekend, including Mexico, Russia, France and Venezuela. Internationally, the movie has grossed $280.5 million so far. Only DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek The Third'' opened to a bigger gross in North America in 2007, with $121.6 million, according to Rentrak. "Minions'' beat out Disney's "Toy Story 3,'' which took in $110.3 million on its opening weekend in 2010.
1. "Minions,'' $115.2 million ($124.3 million international). (AP Photo)