I was only mildly entertained by 2010’s “Despicable Me”, however I actually found 2013’s “Despicable Me 2” to be a little bit stronger. But undeniably, the breakout “stars” of both films were the little yellow-skinned, blue-overalled, jibber jabbers–the Minions. And so, what else was Universal Studios to do, but give the diminutive guys their own, stand-alone, spinoff feature. And so far, it’s paid off like gangbusters. Pierre Coffin’s “Minions” opened to over 115 million dollars at the North American box office this weekend. That was huge enough to place 2nd amongst the biggest animated feature openings of all-time, trailing only 2007’s “Shrek the Third”. Not only that, but it’s pulled down nearly 400 million worldwide, already placing it just a tiny step below the 435 million accumulated by last week’s champion, and 4-weeks running, “Inside Out”. Take that Disney/Pixar! Plus, if you consider upward trajectory, 2010’s “Despicable Me” opened to 56 million and eventually garnered over half a billion worldwide. And it’s 2013 sequel had an 84 million first domestic weekend, and nearly reached a global billion. All this bodes well for “Minions” continued success. “Minions” features superstar voice work from Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton and Geoffrey Rush, and can be seen, in 3D or not 3D–just about everywhere. My 7-year-old and I are planning a trip very soon.