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Despicable Me 2 is coming out on Blu-ray just in time for the holidays. If you need a great present, stocking stuffer or a Secret Santa gift, you cannot go wrong with this funny movie that the whole family can enjoy. We have a TV spot for you today followed by two cute featurettes on evil minions and El Macho.
The featurette on the evil minions has interviews with director Pierre Coffin, editor Gregory Perler, co-screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and Steve Carell who voices Gru. The featurette on El Macho has interviews with director Chris Renaud, co-screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, producer Chris Meledandri, and Benjamin Bratt who voices Eduardo/El Macho.
TV Spot: Despicable Me 2 – Own it on Blu-ray December 10
Featurette: Despicable Me 2 – Becoming El Macho
Own Despicable Me 2 on Blu-ray December 10th! Here’s a link to pre-order on Amazon! »
- Jess Orso
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
★★★☆☆You could be forgiven for thinking, if you hadn't seen the first Despicable Me (2010), that the subtler nuances of Despicable Me 2 (2013) might be lost on you. Well worry not. This animated follow-up from directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, featuring the voice talents of Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Russell Brand, makes little pretence at delicacy, going instead for a hyper-slapstick comedy laced with nostalgic wit, which should appeal to younger and older audiences alike. Gru (Carell), the evil supervillain, has put his old ways behind him and now devotes his life to looking after his three adopted daughters.
- CineVue UK
Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Ken Jeong, Russell Brand, Elsie Fisher, Moises Arias, Dana Gaier, Benjamin Bratt, Steve Coogan | Written by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul | Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
I liked Despicable Me and I won’t hide that fact. The thing is though I can say that I liked the film because I could tolerate the Minions and actually found their humour amusing. It is easy to work our really that much of the success of Despicable Me came down to Minions and kids, something that can be very annoying. When Despicable 2 was released it was known why people liked the first film, and the rule is simple: Prepare for more Minions.
Gru (Steve Carell) is now an ex-supervillain and trying to fit into modern society by running a jam business. When a secret Artic laboratory is stolen the Anti-Villain League decides to enlist him »
- Paul Metcalf
Gotta love Gru’s Minions, those goggle-eyed scene-stealers from Despicable Me, and the little yellow critters were back in the thousands, performing musical numbers no less in the gut-busting sequel Despicable Me 2. Those guys are so popular they’re getting their own spin-off film, and were even a trendy Halloween costume this year. Also returning for Despicable Me 2 were the same writers, directors, and French animation house responsible for the original, who stuck closely to its winning formula, even recycling some of its jokes such as the fart gun, Nefario’s comically slow scooter, and the twisted interaction between Gru and his three adopted girls. There was nothing particularly inventive in the new film’s plot but it had enough twists and turns to keep things interesting and was so relentlessly hilarious that it made for a great time if you were dragged to it by your kids. »
- Tom Stockman
“Despicable Me 2″ collaborators Chris Meledandri, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud and Pharrell Williams shared some of their creative processes following a showing of their toon Nov. 14 at the Variety Screening Series.
Williams couldn’t stop gushing about animation and working with Illumination, in particular. “I love cartoons. I’ve loved them all my life and still, to this day — I’m 40,” and he wanted to be involved with them in some way. Writing the score for the first film and songs for the second, “It’s like the gift that just keeps on giving,” he said. “To see what ‘Despicable Me’ has done and what ‘Despicable Me 2′ is doing right now is just an incredible ride. I’m the luckiest one up here, Ok?”
- Terry Flores
Christmas is rapidly approaching and what better way to enjoy the holidays than with a fun movie that the whole family can enjoy. Despicable Me 2 featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand and more will be available on Digital HD on November 26th and on Blu-ray and DVD on December 10th.
Here’s the official press release, followed by a trailer which gives little snippets of the three bonus mini films that come with the Blu-ray:
Celebrate The Holidays Minion Style With The #1 Comedy Of The Year! Despicable Me 2 Be The First To Own It On Digital HD November 26, 2013 Bring Home The Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack December 10, 2013 Including Blu-Ray™, DVD & Digital HD With Ultraviolet™ Get Three All-new Minion Mini Movies Not Seen In Theaters When You Buy The Blu-Ray™
Universal City, California, October 7, 2013—The holiday season just got even »
- Jess Orso
HD Digital Release Date: Nov. 26, 2013, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98, Blu-ray 3D Combo $49.98
Gru and his minions were an even bigger force for laughs in Despicable Me 2. The sequel grossed a whopping $362 million at the box office, more than $100 million more than the original.
Steve Carell (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) returns to voice the now reformed master criminal Gru, who’s trying to adjust his new life taking care of his three adopted daughters. But when the Anti-Villain League needs help investigating the theft of a secret Arctic laboratory, Gru is recruited and partners with eccentric agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids). Along with his Minions, Gru must solve the mystery while also keeping up his fatherly duties.
The holiday season just got even brighter with the news that Despicable Me 2, the $872 million worldwide box office phenomenon and the year's #1 comedy, arrives on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs, DVD and Digital HD including UltraViolet on December 10, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD November 26, 2013, just in time for families to watch on the go as they gear up for holiday travel. In addition to more than 45 minutes of hilarious and insightful bonus features, Blu-ray Combo Packs will include, from the makers of Despicable Me, three all-new mini-movies starring the film series' breakout stars, the mischievous but lovable Minions. For a sneak peek of these mini-movies, and other great weekly offers from Despicable Me 2, call Gru at **DM2 (**362) from your mobile phone.
The holiday season just got even brighter with the news that Despicable Me 2, the $863 million worldwide box office phenomenon and the year’s #1 comedy, arrives on Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Packs, DVD and Digital HD including UltraViolet™ on December 10, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The film will also be available on Digital HD November 26, 2013, just in time for families to watch on the go as they gear up for holiday travel.
In addition to more than 45 minutes of hilarious and insightful bonus features, Blu-ray Combo Packs will include, from the makers of Despicable Me, three all-new mini-movies starring the film series’ breakout stars, the mischievous but lovable Minions. For a sneak peek of these mini-movies, and other great weekly offers from Despicable Me 2, call Gru at **DM2 (**362) from your mobile phone.*
“Despicable Me 2 is the top box-office comedy of the year and is poised for spectacular »
- Michelle McCue
After scoring with “Despicable Me 2″ this summer, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment will release a spin off movie starring the franchise’s yellow Minions to July 10, 2015. The film had originally been dated for a Dec. 19, 2014 release.
The new date will enable Universal to fully exploit the film as a summer tentpole that lends itself to a vast consumer products program, games and theme park promotions.
Toys tied to the characters in “Despicable Me 2″ sold better than expected, with product, including a banana-scented fart blaster selling out at many stores.
The Minions also had their own blimp floating around the country.
“Minions” will have the new weekend to itself, with Fox’s “Independence Day” sequel out July 3, and Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel” sequel bowing July 17. Sony has “The Smurfs 3″ on July 24, Disney and Marvel release “Ant-Man” later that month, on July 31, while the next “Terminator” kicks off the »
- Marc Graser
Years ago, when I watched Neill Blomkamp's 7-minute Halo short film, Landfall, knowing that he was set to direct the feature-length movie, I thought it was decent, but too gritty and not epic enough for Halo. (In fact, I thought that co-producer Peter Jackson should have directed it himself; which would still be a great idea, if a Halo movie ever happens.)
Of course, Blomkamp then dropped out of directing the movie (a decision which he recently explained to Empire), and then went on to direct the Oscar-nominated District 9, and then this year's Elysium.
Rewatching his Halo short film, then, having since seen District 9 and trailers for Elysium, is a different experience. I appreciated it much more with this perspective, since I saw it as Neill Blomkamp's take on Halo, rather than something which is trying to be the definitive take on Halo (if there even »
I have to say I’m not surprised by this news as Despicable Me 2 was truly the best fun I’d had in ages for summer animation and although it may not have had the sheer quirk of the first one – it was a lot of ridiculous fun which you can read in my 4-star review by clicking here. It’s now been announced that it’s beaten the sadness out of Les Miserables by £3 milion taking £43 million (minion?) and counting.
Thn also knew that last week Universal Pictures were having one of their best years in their history by making a mind-boggling $1.8 billion already, so I think they’ll also be pretty happy with this news. David Kosse, president of international for Universal Pictures, had this to say:
- Dan Bullock
Despicable Me 2 has become the highest-grossing film of the year in the UK.
The Universal Pictures animated sequel overtook musical adaptation Les Misérables after seven weeks on release, grossing a total of £42.67 million compared to Les Misérables' £40.85 million.
Despicable Me 2 has made a total of £435.2 million internationally.
Directing duo Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin returned for the sequel, which stars a voice cast that includes Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand and Steve Coogan.
Despicable Me 2, 2013.
Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.
Reformed evil mastermind Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to take down a terrorising villain.
The marketing cats at Universal are not stupid people are they? Despicable Me was nothing more than a slightly above average animated movie, but there was one element of it that captured the imagination of its audience – the Minions. These little yellow creatures created by Gru to serve as the comedy relief became bigger than the movie itself. If anyone ever talked about Despicable Me they would never mention the plot or the main characters, they’d just say, “the Minions were hilarious”.
With this in mind, Universal have put a lot of stock into these little pill-shaped pieces of merchandising glory for the sequel Despicable Me 2. »
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment made the announcement this morning. With Friday’s estimated domestic grosses of $197.8 million and an international estimated gross of $206.8 million, Despicable Me 2 reached $404.6 million at the worldwide box office today. Domestically, the studios’ estimates are showing that the 3D toon will cross $200 million later today after just one week in release. Film only cost a very reasonable $76M and has 18 more territories to open over the next few months. This sequel reteams directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud with screenwriting duo Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul. Old and new voiceover talent include Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, and Benjamin Bratt. But of course the sequel’s big draws are those lovable Minions who in the original toon were given form and function by Coffin & Renaud to underscore the comedy surrounding Gru’s madcap mayhem. And in 2014 the little yellow guys even »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
In Summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictablyhilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. Despicable Me 2: directed by Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin, from a script written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio. The cast includes: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, and Moises Arias. Now playing at your local theater! »
The Lone Ranger 2013 box office: $200 million Western flops (photo: Johnny Depp as Tonto, Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger) The best thing that can be said about Disney spending $200+ million on the 2013 movie The Lone Ranger — not including another $100 million or so in marketing / distribution costs — is that the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Gore Verbinski-directed comic Western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer didn’t cost $250 million like the studio’s 2012 box-office bomb John Carter. (Update: The Lone Ranger weekend box-office: A bigger flop than originally thought?) Currently with a dismal 11% approval rating and 4.2/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics, The Lone Ranger collected an abysmal — in relation to its exorbitant costs — $9.65 million on opening day, Wednesday, July 3, at 3,904 North American locations, in addition to another $9.85 million on the July 4 holiday according to Box Office Mojo. The Lone Ranger‘s two-day total is $19.5 million, which will, according to early, rough Friday estimates found at Deadline. »
- Zac Gille
From a marketing perspective, you want the sequel to Despicable Me to at least have the word "despicable" in its title. I get it. It helps the inattentive to remember they liked you once before. But if truth still has any value in this world, directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud might have considered calling this one Despicable Me 2: Except He's Super Nice Now. Gru (the voice of Steve Carrell) has evolved. He's no longer hatching plots to steal the moon; instead he's a caring adoptive father to three adorable daughters and an artisanal jams and jellies entrepreneur. He's good at the parenting but bad at the jams, so when the Antivillain League sends agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) to kidnap him and press him into service battling a new villain...
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment got the holiday weekend fireworks started early at the box office, with the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 taking in an impressive $34.3 million on Wednesday.
The comedy, featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Miranda Cosgrove, is projected to take in $120 million over the five-day weekend in 3,957 theaters. It has already taken in $65.9 million in select international markets for a global total of $100.2 million, from a $76 million budget.
Disney's The Lone Ranger opened significantly lower yesterday, taking in only $9.6 million in 3,904 theaters. The Western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer may not even break the $45 million mark over the long weekend, roughly $20 million less than the $65 million that Disney projected for its five-day total. While the exact budget has not been released, it has been said to be between $215 and $250 million.
The stand up comedy concert movie Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain opened »
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