Warning: Contains potential SPOILERS for Minions: The Rise of Gru
Following a successful release in cinemas, millions of viewers are eagerly asking when does Minions: The Rise of Gru release on streaming services. Both the Minions and wider Despicable Me franchises have featured a wealth of cinematic and online content, many of which are available on a variety of viewing platforms. As a result, it’s inevitable that Minions: The Rise of Gru will be available to stream sooner rather than later.
Minions: The Rise of Gru serves as a sequel to the 2015 Minions movie, while functioning as an effective prequel to the main Despicable Me trilogy. After the events of the first film, which saw Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob travel to 1960s New York in an effort to find a new supervillain to serve, Minions: The Rise of Gru revolves around the budding villain’s mission to join criminal syndicate the Vicious 6. In typical Minions fashion, Gru’s original plan quickly comes unstuck, resulting in a series of slapstick-heavy-hijinks that form a foundation for Gru’s training in the art of villainy.
In comparison to the previous movie, Minions: The Rise of Gru has enjoyed a generally positive reception from both audiences and critics. Over its opening weekend, the film is anticipated to gross between $70 and $80m, and considering that the first movie took over $1bn, there’s every possibility that Minions: The Rise of Gru could be very successful in cinemas. However, should viewers wish to wait for any reason, the movie will be available for home viewing on Peacock within four months of release, as part of Universal’s deal with the platform.
For those without access to Peacock who are waiting for the film to leave theaters, it’s generally expected that Despicable Me spin-off Minions: The Rise of Gru will be available to rent on streaming services such as Amazon Video about 45 days after debuting in cinemas. This estimate is based on comparisons with previous Universal releases, so could be subject to change. However, given the studio’s history, this seems like the most likely timeframe in the circumstances.
There are also some specific details around Minions: The Rise of Gru that complicate its release pattern. As part of Universal’s deal with Peacock, the movie will move to Netflix for 10 months before moving back to Peacock for another four-month stint. This means that, depending on what subscription services viewers may ascribe to, there will be plenty of ways to watch Minions: The Rise of Gru on streaming following its run in cinemas.
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