With grossing more than $1.45 billion, “Top Gun: Maverick’ the highest-grossing film of the year. In North America, the action film with Tom Cruise is even number five on the all-time list thanks to a result of 705 million dollars so far. In Germany, on the other hand, another film has stuck to number one in the annual charts: But not the fantasy spectacle “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” or the Marvel bombast “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness” but the colorful animated comedy “Minions 2: In Search of the Mini Boss”.
So far, more than 3.7 million tickets have been sold in Germany for “Minions 2” – and the trend is still rising. Because the latest escapade of the yellow midgets and their leader Gru is so popular that recently, a whopping eleven weeks after the cinema release, it again landed at number one in the German weekly charts. Despite the continuing cinema success, the chaos comedy is now also available at home: As of this week there is “Minions 2” now also for home cinema.
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Incidentally, the fun in the home cinema extends beyond the film. Because: As has long been the case with animation films from Illumination Entertainment, the DVD and Blu-ray not only offer a look behind the scenes, but also new short films with characters that we have come to love.
Set in the 1970s, future supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) is just 12 years old and dreams of joining a famous team of baddies. However, the fact that his greatest idol, the malicious martial arts legend Wilder Knucklecracker (Alan Arkin / Thomas Gottschalk) was recently thrown out of this crew, causes all sorts of turmoil. And then there are the crazy Minions who see Gru as their new boss – which he himself has yet to learn to accept…
The fact that Thomas Gottschalk’s acting career “Piratensender Powerplay” is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and that the “Wetten, dass..?” presenter is dominating the cinema charts at the same time is a curious coincidence for the cinema history books. But it can hardly be due to the autumn-blonde prize winner of the title “Pipe Smoker of the Year 1985” alone that “Minions 2” went through the roof in Germany.
After all, German cinema audiences have consistently shown in the past that they are very receptive to the “Minions” humor: “I – Simply Despicable” sold 2.52 million tickets in 2010, “Me – Simply Despicable 2” brought three Years later to over 3.6 million ticket sales. The first “Minions” solo film even scratched the mark of seven million cinemagoers in 2015, while “Despicable Me 3” in 2017 recorded a decline with 4.65 million, but still clearly above the first two films with Gru und Co. ranked.
And even if it’s easy to rashly turn up your nose at the gibberish-chattering troublemakers in the Surprise Egg plastic capsule look: At the latest when the Minions become the cutest and friendliest airplane hijackers in Hollywood history, hardly a dry eye remains. To quote from the DashFUN review: There are dry spells in “Minions 2”, but when the Minions spin freely, there is “a fast-paced firework of dynamically animated visual ideas, spot-on situational comedy and childishly silly anarchy”.
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