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On the Lot: Yellow minions make Hollywood green




Powered by a major merchandise and marketing campaign, The Minions conquered the weekend box office.
Powered by a major merchandise and marketing campaign, The Minions conquered the weekend box office.
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So what if you can't understand them? The Minions drove millions to the box office over the weekend, making the Despicable Me sequel the second-highest grossing animated film of all time.

And, as the LA Times' Rebecca Keegan tells us, they've made Universal the studio to beat this summer. Just a few years ago, it was struggling, but now, with on the strength of the Minions, Jurassic World, and Pitch Perfect 2, Universal may earn as much a $3 billion in worldwide ticket sales this summer.

Keegan joins us each Monday for a wrap-up of film news, when we go On the Lot.