‘Despicable Me 4’ Tops Independence Day Holiday Box Office


Fireworks, barbecues and Gru. That’s how many Americans celebrated the Fourth of July, as “Despicable Me 4” topped the box office, earning a commanding $20.4 million. The film, the latest entry in Universal and Illumination’s wildly successful franchise about a domesticated former supervillain, earned $47.6 million in its first two days of release. By Sunday it had domestically grossed over $122 million over the five-day holiday, and another $107 million internationally — an impressive result for a production that carries a relatively economical (for an animated movie) $100 million budget.


In contrast, many films by Disney and Pixar, Illumination’s main rivals, routinely cost $200 million to produce. “Despicable Me 4” brings back Steve Carell as Gru and pits him against his former “Anchorman” co-star Will Ferrell, who plays a French foil named Maxime Le Mal, and Sofia Vergara as Valentina, a femme fatale and Maxime’s main squeeze. But it’s the Minions (voiced by Pierre Coffin, a filmmaker who has overseen past “Despicable Me” movies), those highlighter-yellow, manic critters that have delighted kids for over a decade, that are the series’ superpower. Not only do they pop up in the “Despicable Me” films, they’ve also anchored spinoff adventures and become Illumination’s mascots in the process.


At the same time, according to Deadline, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out 2 continues to jump for joy having reached $1,217M globally. It’s also now the No. 5 animated film of all time worldwide and No. 10 internationally. A notable new record places IO2 as the biggest film of all time in Mexico.



via Variety

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