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Despicable Me 3 Crosses $1 Billion at the Worldwide Box Office

8 September 2017 5:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While the summer box office season was the worst on record since 2006, there were a few bright spots in the mix, one of which was Universal and Illumination's animated sequel Despicable Me 3. While the movie is likely close to winding down its box office run, it did manage to cross an important box office milestone, reaching the coveted $1 billion worldwide mark earlier today. It became just the third movie this year to cross the milestone, and just the first to do so after being released during the summer movie season, which is yet another indication of how weak this summer truly was.

Deadline broke the news earlier today, with the Despicable Me sequel joining just Universal's The Fate of the Furious ($1.23 billion) and the year's top grossing movie domestically and worldwide, Beauty and the Beast ($1.26 billion). Despite having strong showings, even hits like Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 »

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Despicable Me becomes highest-grossing animated franchise of all time

21 August 2017 1:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With its fourth entry – Despicable Me 3 – edging towards $950 million at the box office, making it the biggest film of the summer, Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me franchise has now topped Shrek to become the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time.

The series, which launched in 2010, has grossed a combined $3.622 billion around the globe, with its last three instalments all surpassing $900 million. Leading the way is the spinoff Minions, which earned $1.159 billion back in 2015. For comparison, the five Shrek movies earned $3.511 billion between 2001 and 2011.

Both series do have further instalments planned, with Minions 2 slated for release in 2020 and Shrek 5 planned for either 2019 or 2020. Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves was also originally due to hit cinemas in 2018, but has been removed from DreamWorks’ release schedule and is yet to receive a new date.

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Despicable Me’ is Now the Highest Grossing Animated Franchise in Movie History

7 August 2017 11:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If there’s any doubt that Universal’s Illumination Entertainment is the new powerhouse of animation, allow this record-breaking set of news to seal the deal: The “Despicable Me” franchise has officially surpassed DreamWorks’ “Shrek” to become the highest grossing animated franchise in history. What’s particularly impressive about this feat is that “Despicable Me” managed to make history in just four films, while “Shrek” needed five movies.

Read More‘Despicable Me 3’ Makes Double Trouble with Steve Carell’s Gru vs. Dru

The “Despicable Me” series is made up of the original movie and its two sequels, plus the spinoff “Minions” movie. The latter is the second-highest grossing animated movie in history worldwide with a gross of $1.1 billion, which also makes it the most successful Universal movie ever released. “Despicable Me 2” ranks sixth with just over $970 million worldwide. The franchise started in 2010 and has made $3.528 billion to date. »

- Zack Sharf

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Despicable Me 3 passes $800 million worldwide

30 July 2017 1:41 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having already helped to push the franchise past the $3 billion mark combined earlier this month, Universal and Illumination Entertainment are celebrating another box office milestone for Despicable Me 3 this weekend, with the animated sequel pushing its worldwide haul beyond the $800 million mark.

The third instalment in the main Despicable Me series has grossed $230.4 million domestically, with a further $588.8 million from international markets, for a combined haul of $819.2 million and counting. The film is still performing well internationally, adding a total of $36.1 million this weekend, and still has four markets to come.

For comparison, the first Despicable Me earned $543 million back in 2010, with its sequel Despicable Me 2 grossing $970 million in 2013 and the 2015 spinoff Minions setting a series high of $1.15 billion. »

- Gary Collinson

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'Wolf Warrior 2' rules international box office (update)

30 July 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

July 31 Update: Dunkirk top Hollywood film; Despicable Me becomes eighth biggest animation internationally.

Chinese action tentpole Wolf Warrior 2 grossed an estimated $125m at the weekend as the early tally climbed to $142m.

Jing Wu directs the story centres of a special forces operative pulled back into service when mercenaries terrorise nearby villagers.

The H Collective, the venture launched recently with backing from Chinese businessman Jian-hua ‘Kenny’ Huang, holds North and South American rights on the sequel to the 2015 film that grossed $80m in China.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Update: Dunkirk grossed $45.8m from 12,758 screens in 63 markets, dropping just 38% from last week. The war film stands at $131.5m internationally and has crossed the $200m worldwide mark on $232.8m.

Latin America produced $6.7m in opening weekend, tracking ahead of both Inception and American Sniper

European, Middle East and African territories experienced a 27% drop from opening weekend and are still tracking ahead of American Sniper and Interstellar and remain on par »

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'Wolf Warrior 2' rules international box office (updated)

30 July 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dunkirk top Hollywood film; Despicable Me becomes eighth biggest animation internationally.

Chinese action tentpole Wolf Warrior 2 grossed an estimated $125m at the weekend as the early tally climbed to $142m.

Jing Wu directs the story centres of a special forces operative pulled back into service when mercenaries terrorise nearby villagers.

The H Collective, the venture launched recently with backing from Chinese businessman Jian-hua ‘Kenny’ Huang, holds North and South American rights on the sequel to the 2015 film that grossed $80m in China.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Update: Dunkirk grossed $45.8m from 12,758 screens in 63 markets, dropping just 38% from last week. The war film stands at $131.5m internationally and has crossed the $200m worldwide mark on $232.8m.

Latin America produced $6.7m in opening weekend, tracking ahead of both Inception and American Sniper

European, Middle East and African territories experienced a 27% drop from opening weekend and are still tracking ahead of American Sniper and Interstellar and remain on par with »

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'Wolf Warrior 2' rules international box office

30 July 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dunkirk top Hollywood film; Despicable Me becomes eighth biggest animation internationally.

Chinese action tentpole Wolf Warrior 2 grossed an estimated $125m at the weekend as the early tally climbed to $142m.

Jing Wu directs the story centres of a special forces operative pulled back into service when mercenaries terrorise nearby villagers.

The H Collective, the venture launched recently with backing from Chinese businessman Jian-hua ‘Kenny’ Huang, holds North and South American rights on the sequel to the 2015 film that grossed $80m in China.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Dunkirk grossed $45.6m from 12,600 screens in 63 markets, dropping just 36% from last week. The war film stands at $131.3m internationally and has crossed the $200m worldwide mark on $234.1m.

Latin America produced $6.7m in opening weekend, tracking ahead of both Inception and American Sniper

European, Middle East and African territories experienced a 28% drop from opening weekend and are still tracking ahead of American Sniper and Interstellar and remain on par with Inception »

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'Wolf Warrior 2' rules international on $125m

30 July 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dunkirk top Hollywood film; Despicable Me becomes eighth biggest animation internationally.

Chinese action tentpole Wolf Warrior 2 grossed an estimated $125m at the weekend as the early tally climbed to $142m.

Jing Wu directs the story centres of a special forces operative pulled back into service when mercenaries terrorise nearby villagers.

The H Collective, the venture launched recently with backing from Chinese businessman Jian-hua ‘Kenny’ Huang, holds North and South American rights on the sequel to the 2015 film that grossed $80m in China.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Dunkirk grossed $45.6m from 12,600 screens in 63 markets, dropping just 36% from last week. The war film stands at $131.3m internationally and has crossed the $200m worldwide mark on $234.1m.

Latin America produced $6.7m in opening weekend, tracking ahead of both Inception and American Sniper

European, Middle East and African territories experienced a 28% drop from opening weekend and are still tracking ahead of American Sniper and Interstellar and remain on par with »

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'Dunkirk' reaches $234.1m worldwide

30 July 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dunkirk rules weekend on $45.6m internationally; Despicable Me 3 crosses $800m worldwide.Warner Bros Pictures International

Dunkirk grossed $45.6m from 12,600 screens in 63 markets, dropping just 36% from last week. The war film stands at $131.3m internationally and has crossed the $200m worldwide mark on $234.1m.

Latin America produced $6.7m in opening weekend, tracking ahead of both Inception and American Sniper

European, Middle East and African territories experienced a 28% drop from opening weekend and are still tracking ahead of American Sniper and Interstellar and remain on par with Inception.

The UK dropped 16% in its second weekend to produce $10.9m on 1,294 screens. Christopher Nolan’s Second World War film captured a 54% share of the top five films. The film stands at $35.4m after 10 days, already surpassing the lifetime grosses of Interstellar and American Sniper.

South Korea produced $3.6m from 634 screens, taking the running total there to $16.7m. Australia generated $3.2m in week two for $9.8m. In France »

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Despicable Me 3 pushes the franchise beyond $3 billion worldwide

11 July 2017 3:06 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal and Illumination Entertainment are celebrating another box office success with Despicable Me 3, the latest instalment of the animated franchise.

Spurred on by a $66 million opening in China this past weekend, the film had grossed $477 million by close of play on Sunday, helping to push the series beyond the $3 billion mark combined at the global box office.

The first Despicable Me earned $543 million back in 2010, with its sequel Despicable Me 2 racking up $970 million in 2013 and the 2015 spinoff Minions setting a series high of $1.15 billion.

As well as hitting the $3 billion milestone for the series, this weekend’s takings for Despicable Me 3 also pushed animation house Illumination beyond the $5 billion mark.

Next up from the studio is Dr. SeussThe Grinch, which opens in 2018, followed by sequels to The Secret Life of Pets, Minions and Sing. »

- Gary Collinson

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China Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Opening Is Franchise High

9 July 2017 3:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The delayed release of “Despicable Me 3” comfortably dominated the box office in China over the weekend, running off with $63.5 million according to Ent Group, a Chinese box office tracker, and $66 million according to Universal.

Those numbers were a record opening for an animated film in China and the fifth-biggest opening weekend of any film in China this year. It was also the biggest animated opening in China for IMAX. The film earned $4 million of its weekend total from 417 IMAX screens in China.

The score was achieved from 97,000 screenings Friday and 115,000 on each of Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend total is also bigger than the lifetime score achieved by “Despicable Me 2,” which was the first film in the franchise to be released in China.

Second place belonged to the strongest of a large bunch of Chinese-made new releases. Horror franchise movie “The House That Never Dies II” scored $20.8 million in four days, having »

- Patrick Frater

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‘Despicable Me 3’ Scores Biggest Opening Day Ever for Animated Movie in China

7 July 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illumination-Universal’s “Despicable Me 3” has opened in China with an impressive $20.1 million on its first day — the best opening for an animated movie ever in the country.

The figure is 17.5% above the opening of Illumination’s “Minions,” which set the record two years ago. It’s also the sixth-biggest debut day of the year.

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Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Schemes to $241 Million Worldwide

Despicable Me 3” had already hauled $286.8 million worldwide through Thursday with the international take hitting $171.6 million and the domestic total at $115.2 million.

Despicable Me 3” is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon. The film stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Trey Parker. The pic follows Carell’s Gru, who discovers that he has a twin brother named Dru, while the Minions are jailed.

The 2015 “Minions” spinoff was a massive success, earning $336 million domestically and $823 million internationally, including $68 million in China. “Minions »

- Dave McNary

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Despicable Me 3 the latest to be hit by ‘franchise fatigue’

2 July 2017 10:03 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jul 3, 2017

Despicable Me 3 hits big, but notably not as big as Despicable Me 2...

Another week, and another movie franchise falls a little below expectations at the summer box office. This time, surprisingly, it’s Universal’s Despicable Me 3, whose $75m opening weekend in the Us is still sizeable, but also around $10m down on the film before. Don’t forget too that the Minions spin-off – and a sequel to that is in the offing – went on to cross $1bn at the global box office.

Early signs are that Despicable Me 3 won’t, though, with the film’s global take standing at an additional $116.9m. Running total for the movie thus far is $192m and counting. By the end of its run, it’s going to have shuffled some serious coinage into Universal’s coffers, just a little less than had been expected.

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Despicable Me 3 Wins the Weekend Box Office with $75.4M

2 July 2017 11:39 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Most box office analysts were predicting that the highly-anticipated Despicable Me sequel, Despicable Me 3, would have no trouble running away with the box office this weekend. While that prediction ultimately came true, the sequel came in less than expected, opening with $75.4 million, easily beating fellow newcomers Baby Driver, which opened on Wednesday, June 28, and the original comedy The House starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. While Despicable Me 3 didn't open with a franchise low, it did mark a significant drop from the last few entries in the franchise.

Box Office Mojo reports that, while Despicable Me 3 may have opened less than expected, it did break a box office record that has stood for the past seven years. Despicable Me 3 opened in a record-breaking 4,529 theaters, breaking the record previously set by 2010's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which opened in 4,468 theaters on the exact same date as Despicable Me 3 seven years ago, »

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'Despicable Me 3' #1; 'Baby Driver' Outperforms and 'Wonder Woman' Tops $700M Worldwide

2 July 2017 8:32 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Once again sequel fatigue appears to be having an impact as estimates have Despicable Me 3 coming in about $10 million shy of the opening weekend for Despicable Me 2 after a larger than anticipated dip on Saturday. That said, the film easily secured the weekend top spot in the domestic, international and worldwide marketplaces, leading the charge over the first three days of this long, five-day Fourth of July holiday weekend. Behind it, Sony's Baby Driver out-performed the studio's expectations while WB's R-rated comedy The House failed to generate much heat. At the top of the box office Universal and Illumination's Despicable Me 3 brought in an estimated $75.4 million, which is $8 million shy of the three-day estimate the studio was anticipating just yesterday morning. In fact, the film, which opened in a record, 4,529 theaters, is currently pacing about $10 million behind studio's pre-weekend expectations. That said, audiences appear to have enjoyed the film, »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Friday Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3′ Plots Independence Day Weekend Takeover

1 July 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

On one hand, the fact that it looks inevitable that Despicable Me 3 will be taking the crown at the box office this weekend is yet another depressing example of name recognition and familiarity being favored over innovation at the multiplex. It wasn't like the reviews of Despicable Me 2 or Minions were particularly glowing, even under the auspices of just being fun for kids. Then again, bad or middling reviews of movies only really get brought up in box office talk when some wild-eyed hack is in desperate need for scapegoats to explain away their movie tanking. … »

- Chris Cabin

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‘Despicable Me 3’ Powers Toward Strong $83 Million Opening

1 July 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Other summer movie franchises may be losing steam in the U.S., but Universal/Illumination’s “Despicable Me” series isn’t. The third installment in the series — fourth if you count the 2015 “Minions” spinoff — is currently on pace to finish with a weekend opening of $83.4 million after making $27 million on Friday from 4,529 screens. That total will give “Despicable Me 3” the biggest opening weekend of any animated film this year by a large margin, blowing by the $53.5 million made by “Cars 3” two weeks ago. It’s also nearly identic $83.5 million weekend opening made by “Despicable Me 2” »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Eyes $85 Million in Opening Weekend

30 June 2017 12:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Despicable Me 3” is dominating the Independence Day holiday weekend box office with a projected $85 million for the Friday-Sunday period, early estimates showed Friday.

Illumination-Universal’s animated threequel should wind up its opening day Friday with about $30 million at 4,529 locations, including $4.1 million from Thursday night previews. Should the estimate hold, it will be the sixth-best domestic launch weekend of the year after “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Wonder Woman,” “Fate of the Furious,” and “Logan.”

Sony’s “Baby Driver” is motoring to a respectable second-place finish with around $18 million at 3,226 sites for Friday-Sunday, to go along with $9 million in its first two days — well above studio forecasts. New Line’s Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler comedy “The House” is performing in line with the studio’s muted expectations and should finish with about $13 million at 3,314 venues.

Warner Bros.’ fifth weekend of “Wonder Woman” appears likely to edge the second weekend of Paramount’s »

- Dave McNary

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Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Isn’t Genius, But it May Make You Laugh

30 June 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Full disclosure: I have seen neither Despicable Me nor Despicable Me 2, but the franchise’s third installment kind of makes me want to. Now let me set the record straight: Despicable Me 3 is no crowning achievement in animation. You’re not going to be wondering how they pulled off the effects. You’re certainly not going to break down in tears once the credits roll. Simply put, it probably won’t restore your faith in studio animation. But it may make you laugh.

Unlike so many of its peers, Despicable Me 3 is filled with clever humor that goes — if only a smidgen — deeper than your typical face-value gags and physical body humor that’s so present in a majority of today’s animated films. Steve Carell is mostly to thank for this, starring in the film as both ex-villain turned villain-catching agent, Gru, and quite hilariously, »

- The Film Stage

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‘Despicable Me 3’ Schemes Up $4.1 Million at Thursday Previews

30 June 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Universal/Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” has begun its plan for box office conquest, grossing $4.1 million from 4,020 screens at its Thursday night previews.  By comparison, “Cars 3” made $2.8 million from previews two weeks ago, though animated films typically get lower preview numbers than their live-action counterparts and rely on matinee screenings for the majority of its revenue. Comparison to this threequel’s predecessor, “Despicable Me 2,” isn’t apples to apples, as that film got a Wednesday opening to capitalize on the July 4 holiday, which fell on a Thursday in 2013. “DM2” made a five-day opening of $143 million, with »

- Jeremy Fuster

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