Despicable Me 3 rules North American box office
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Despicable Me 3 rules North American box office

Despicable Me 3 has taken over the North American box office chart, debuting at number one with a $75.4 million haul.

The animated movie, which features the return of Steve Carell as the voice of protagonist Gru, alongside new co-stars Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, easily entered at the top of the countdown during America’s Independence Day holiday weekend (30Jun17-02Jul17).

However, it proved to be less popular than the last release in the franchise, 2013’s Despicable Me 2, which banked $83.5 million upon its launch, and also fell short of the opening weekend gross of spin-off picture Minions, which took $115 million when it was released in 2015.

Universal Pictures boss Nick Carpou credits the continued success of their Illumination Entertainment franchise with the family-friendly nature of the films.

“They resonate and absolutely are relatable,” he told The Associated Press. “They’re movies that are built for all ages.”

The Despicable Me sequel trampled all other box office competition, with director Edgar Wright’s new heist movie Baby Driver, starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Hamm, racing into second place with $21 million.

Last week’s (ends25Jun17) number one, Transformers: The Last Knight, slips to three in the new countdown, while Wonder Woman and Cars 3 take fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Meanwhile, it wasn’t a great weekend for Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s new R-rated comedy The House, which struggled to draw film fans and only opened with a $9 million gross, entering just outside the top five at number six.

– Cover Media

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