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After five days, sequel earns 73% of box office of Despicable Me, giving Universal three of five biggest openings of the year

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Wimbledon, Glastonbury and glorious weather across much of the UK created a perfect storm of challenging conditions for cinemas, resulting in some weak debuts and steep falls for existing movies. But a film that audiences really want to see can overcome any obstacle, a phenomenon witnessed many times in the past and seen at the weekend with the release of Despicable Me 2.

Debuting with an astonishing £9.95m, plus £4.87m from two days of previews, after just five days the sequel has achieved 73% of the lifetime box office (£20.2m) for the original Despicable Me. That film debuted in October 2010 with £3.66m including £205,000 in previews – at the time considered a great result for a film based on characters with no pre-existing audience awareness, and from a studio (Universal) with »

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