13 July 2010 2:17 PM, PDT | Makingof.com | See recent Makingof.com news »

The Steve Carell led animated feature "Despicable Me" topped the box office last weekend garnering $56.4M in its first week of release.  "Despicable" as the title may lead one to believe, the film has thus far received extremely favorable reviews, with an 80 percent rating on rottentomatoes.com, and Kirk Honeycutt of hollywoodreporter.com saying the film is "funny, clever, and warmly animated with memorable characters."

Coming in behind "Despicable" by more than $24M, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" finished the weekend at $31.7M.  Despite the more than 50 percent drop from its opening weekend gross, the third "Twilight" installment has now banked more than $235M since its June 30th release.  The film series' continued popularity is great news for stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristin Stewart, who are set to receive $25M apiece for the next two installments of "Breaking Dawn" plus 7.5 percent of those films' gross.

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