"Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru", whose broadcast was delayed by two years by Universal because of the pandemic, explores the origins of the franchise's main character who, since the first installment "Despicable Me " (2010) brought in a whopping $3.7 billion at the box office, according to the specialized site IMDB.

The film goes back to the beginnings of Gru, the endearing failed villain of this saga who, as a teenager and surrounded by an army of Minions, seeks to join a group of supervillains, the Vicious 6. A project that will inevitably go off the rails.

"Top Gun: Maverick" remains in second place in the rankings and should continue to panic the counters by winning 32.5 million dollars at the box office for its sixth week of operation, which brings its total revenue to 571 million.

The sequel to "Top Gun", thirty-six years later, has been hailed by critics.

Tom Cruise still plays US Navy test pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, now a captain, who must train younger pilots to bomb a rogue country's uranium enrichment plant.

"Elvis", a baroque and extravagant biopic devoted to the king of rock and roll, slipped to third position, with 23.7 million for its second week in dark rooms.

Jurassic World: The World After, the sixth installment in the cult dinosaur saga, came in fourth with $19.2 million in revenue.

And it's "Black Phone", a horror film starring Ethan Hawke as a serial killer, which comes in fifth place, with $14.6 million in revenue.

Here's the rest of the top 10:

6 - "Buzz Lightyear" ($8.1 million)

7 - "Mr. Malcolm's List" (1 million)

8 - "Everything Everywhere All at Once" ($673,000)

9 - "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" ($482,000)

10 - "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On" ($308,000)

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