The Despicable Me spin-off, Minions: The Rise Of Gru, has set a new 4th of July weekend box office record in the U.S.
The Universal Pictures/ Illimination Entertainment hit grossed roughly $125m for the Friday-Monday Independence Day 4-day slot.
The figure set a new record for the coveted 4th of July weekend slot.
It beat the previous record holder, 2011’s Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, which grossed $115m in the same slot.
The Rise of Gru also achieved the second best opening in all of the Despicable Me/Minions franchise.
2015’s Minions was the only movie in the franchise to record a higher opening, according to PEOPLE.
The new Minions prequel sees Gru as a 12-year old just setting off on his path to villainy and world domination.
Voiced by Steve Carell, the movie stars an ensemble voice cast among others, Taraji P. Henson as Belle Bottom, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Clawed, Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance and Danny Trejo as Stronghold.
Julie Andrews, Pierre Coffin and Alan Aarkin also stars.
Jack Antonoff provides the movie’s soundtrack.