Minions: The Rise of Gru

Minions: The Rise of Gru
Minions The Rise of Gru poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKyle Balda
Screenplay byMatthew Fogel[1][2]
Story by
Produced by
Edited byClaire Dodgson
Music byHeitor Pereira
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 13, 2022 (2022-06-13) (Annecy)
  • July 1, 2022 (2022-07-01) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States
Budget$80 million[5]
Box office$399.9 million[6][7]

Minions: The Rise of Gru is a 2022 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to the spin-off prequel Minions (2015) and the fifth entry overall in the Despicable Me franchise. Directed by Kyle Balda, with Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val as co-directors, the film features Steve Carell reprising his role as Gru and Pierre Coffin as the Minions, with Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin also starring.

After being delayed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minions: The Rise of Gru had its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 13, 2022, and was released in the United States on July 1, 2022, by Universal Pictures, in standard and select IMAX theaters. Critics praised its musical numbers and entertainment value for children, while criticism was mostly directed toward the film's plot. The film has grossed $399 million worldwide, making it the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2022 and the highest-grossing animated film of 2022.


In 1976, 11-year-old Gru plans to become a supervillain, assisted by the Minions, whom he has hired to work for him. Gru is ecstatic when he receives an audition invitation from the Vicious 6, a supervillain team led by Belle Bottom, who hope to find a new member to replace their founder, the supervillain Wild Knuckles, following their betrayal and the presumed death of Knuckles during a heist to steal the Zodiac Stone, a stone connected to the Chinese zodiac. Gru's interview goes poorly, as he is ridiculed due to his young age. However, much to the outrage of the Vicious 6, he manages to steal the stone and escapes with Minions Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, handing the stone to another Minion, Otto, for safekeeping.

After escaping to his basement lair Gru finds out that Otto has traded the stone for a pet rock, causing him to fire the Minions in anger before going alone to find the stone. However, Knuckles, who is revealed to be alive, kidnaps Gru before taking him to San Francisco and informs the Minions that if they do not give him the stone within 48 hours, Gru will be killed.

Trying and failing to locate the stone, Kevin, Stuart and Bob leave for San Francisco to rescue Gru, while Otto leaves in pursuit of a biker whom he realizes has the stone as a necklace. When they reach Knuckles' house, they are chased by his goons until Master Chow, a former Kung Fu teacher who now makes a living at an acupuncture clinic, rescues them by defeating the goons. Chow decides to teach them kung fu after they beg for her to do so, but the three prove to be incompetent students. Prematurely ending their training, the trio heads back to Knuckles' home to rescue Gru. Meanwhile, Otto manages to catch up to the biker at Death Valley, who gives the stone back and takes him to San Francisco.

Gru starts to bond with Knuckles after the latter's goons quit on him, and he later saves Knuckles from being eaten alive by crocodiles. Teaching Gru how to be a villain, the two decide to rob the Bank of Evil, managing to steal the Mona Lisa. As they are on the heist, the Vicious Six, having realized that Knuckles is alive, destroy his house in an attempt to find him. Failing to do so, they head towards Chinatown, with Kevin, Stuart and Bob in pursuit. Arriving back at his destroyed house, a shaken Knuckles laments his friends' betrayal and decides to give up villainy, sending Gru away.

At a Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown, Otto and Gru find each other with the stone but are cornered by the Vicious 6, who in turn are confronted by Anti-Villain League agents. However, after the clock strikes midnight, the Vicious 6 use the stone to turn themselves into superpowered versions of animals from the Zodiac and kidnap Gru, planning to kill him by tying him to a clock tower so as to rip him apart. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob manage to find Gru, but are turned into a rabbit, a rooster, and a goat, respectively. However, Knuckles returns and fights the Vicious 6 with the Minions.

Encouraged by Chow's teaching, Kevin, Stuart, and Bob find their inner beast and manage to defeat most of the Vicious 6, but Knuckles is badly burnt by Bottom when trying to take the stone back. Otto manages to save Gru, who uses the stone to turn the Vicious 6 into rats. The Vicious 6 are arrested, including Knuckles, who is taken to a hospital and seemingly succumbs to his injuries. At Knuckles' funeral, Gru gives a heartfelt eulogy but is overjoyed when it is revealed that Knuckles faked his death. Later, he and Gru drive off with the Minions.

In a mid-credits scene, Gru attempts to hire Dr. Nefario in gratitude for an invention of his that helped him steal the stone. Nefario originally declines but changes his mind after Gru and the Minions beg, giving them a ride on an airship.

Voice cast

Additionally, Will Arnett, Steve Coogan and Michael Beattie reprise their respective roles as Mr. Perkins, a bank worker who later becomes the president of the Bank of Evil; Silas Ramsbottom, an agent who later becomes the director of the Anti-Villain League; and the VNC announcer from the Minions film. Beattie also voices Guru Pick. Jimmy O. Yang, Kevin Michael Richardson and John DiMaggio voice three of Wild Knuckles' goons, and Raymond S. Persi voices Brad, [12] a birthday kid to whom Otto trades the stone for a pet rock.



In January 2017, Universal Pictures and Illumination announced the sequel to their animated film, Minions.[13] The film began production in July 2017, with Brad Ableson added as a co-director.[14] In May 2019, the film's title was revealed as Minions: The Rise of Gru.[15]


In December 2019, it was announced that Pierre Coffin and Steve Carell would be reprising their roles as the Minions and Gru, respectively.[8]


Production of the film shifted to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, following the temporary closure of Illumination Studios Paris.[16]


The soundtrack album for the film was released on July 1, 2022, through Decca Records and Verve Label Group.[17] The Jack Antonoff-produced soundtrack consists of various contemporary artists covering famous funk, pop, and soul hits of the 1970s. "Turn Up the Sunshine" by Diana Ross and Tame Impala was released as the album's lead single on May 20, 2022.[18] It was followed by Kali Uchis's cover of "Desafinado" and St. Vincent's cover of "Funkytown".[19][20][21]



Minions: The Rise of Gru debuted at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 13, 2022,[22] followed by a premiere on June 25, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.[23] The film was originally scheduled for general release on July 3, 2020,[15] but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the film's incomplete status with Illumination Mac Guff's temporary closure in response to that event, it was pushed back to July 2, 2021,[24][25] and later to July 1, 2022.[26]


Deadline Hollywood reported Universal spent $285 million on promotion and tie-ins for the film, the biggest-ever campaign for a Despicable Me film.[27] Toy company Mattel announced that it had entered a three-year deal to create merchandise based on the film.[28] Lego released two sets for the film in 2020.[29] A collaboration with Minecraft, featuring content from the film as well as content from the overall franchise, was released in 2021.[30] Similarly, a collaboration with the film was made within the Roblox game Adopt Me!.[31] IHOP created a special menu based on the film.[32]

Home media

Minions: The Rise of Gru is scheduled to stream on NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service within four months of its theatrical release, as part of an 18-month deal. The film would then move to Netflix for 10 months, before returning to Peacock for the last four months.[33]

Alleged ban in Lebanon

Minions: The Rise of Gru was rumored to have been banned in Lebanon due to a quick kiss scene between the characters Kevin and Bob which was deemed as homosexual.[34] However, it was determined that the ban was influenced by claims that the character Nun-chuck portrayed nuns as evil.[35]


Box office

As of July 10, 2022, Minions: The Rise of Gru has grossed $210.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $189.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $399.9 million.[6][7] It is the ninth highest-grossing film of 2022 and the highest-grossing animated film of 2022.[36]

In the United States and Canada, Minions: The Rise of Gru was initially projected to gross $70–80 million from 4,391 theaters over its four-day opening weekend.[37] After making $48.2 million on its first day (including an estimated $10.8 million from Thursday previews), the best for an animated film among the pandemic and of the Despicable Me franchise, estimates were raised to $129 million. It went on to debut to $107 million (and a four-day total of $123.1 million), topping the box office.[38][39] Its total set the Independence Day weekend record, surpassing Transformers: Dark of the Moon's $115.9 million in 2011.[27] The film made $45.6 million in its second weekend (a drop of 57%), finishing second behind newcomer Thor: Love and Thunder.[40]

The film opened in Australia a week before its U.S. release, debuting to $3.7 million.[41] It added another 60 international markets in its sophomore weekend and made $87.2 million. The combined first and second offshore weekends were 13% below Minions (2015) and 3% below Despicable Me 3 (2017). Four countries—Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Venezuela—had the biggest animation opening weekend of all time. The popular TikTok trend that accompanied its release was credited for Israel's record-breaking performance. As of July 3, 2022, the film's largest markets include the UK ($12.9 million), Mexico ($12.4 million), Germany ($4.8 million), Spain ($3.6 million), and Indonesia ($3.4 million).[42]

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 73% of 154 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The website's consensus reads, "The Minions' antic shenanigans are beginning to grate despite this sequel's injection of retro chic, although this loony marathon of gags will still delight young children."[43] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 57 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[44] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, the same grade as its predecessor, while PostTrak gave the film an 87% overall positive score, with 71% saying they would definitely recommend it.[27]

Johnny Oleksinski from The New York Post rated the film three out of four stars, stating that "while a tad too light, as these films often are, nobody is making animated characters as funny or likable (or marketable) as the Minions."[45] Serena Puang from Boston Globe gave the film two and a half stars out of four and wrote: "The movie is fun: The music is unironically good -- a particular standout is the Minions's rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's 'Cecilia'; Bob, as cute as ever, learns that 'even the smallest of us are capable of great things'."[46]

Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian rated the film two stars out of five, writing that "the plot is perfunctory and it runs on the faintest of fumes."[47]

#Gentleminions TikTok trend

A popular Internet meme, involving groups of young men dressed in suits like the character Gru attending the film with the tag #Gentleminions, began spreading on TikTok almost immediately after the film's release. The meme originated with a group of Australian high schoolers.[48][49] It is usually accompanied by American rapper Yeat's song "Rich Minion".[50] Large groups recorded themselves cheering, throwing bananas at the screen, and performing Gru's trademark steepled fingers gesture.[51][52] Several theaters in the United Kingdom banned groups of young men in formal attire from seeing the film due to their disruptive behavior during screenings.[53][54][55] The meme was also documented in the United States, Norway, Singapore,[53][56][57] and Israel.[58][59]

The substantial meme subculture around The Rise of Gru was noted by The Face to be similar to memes surrounding the superhero film Morbius, released earlier in 2022.[60] Both meme subcultures focused around a largely ironic appreciation for the supposed strengths of said film, often verging on the absurdist, but The Face noted that the interest in The Rise of Gru was largely based in genuine interest in the film, whereas the interest in Morbius was based solely in the latter's perceived lack of quality.[60]

PostTrak reported that 34% of The Rise of Gru audiences were between the ages of 13 and 17, an unusually high percentage for an animated film. Pamela McClintock of The Hollywood Reporter concluded that the results of the survey were a result of the internet trend.[61]


Accolades received by Despicable Me 2
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Golden Trailer Awards July 22, 2021 Best Animation/Family TV Spot "Get Ready" (Inside Job) Nominated [62]
Best Animation TrailerByte for a Feature Film "Shades Dance" (Inside Job) Nominated


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