Despicable Me 3, the fourth installment in Universal’s and Illumination’s booming animated franchise, lead the box office over Independence Day weekend with flying colors. According to Variety, the film brought in $75.4 million from 4,529 locations – although the initial projections were shooting for an opening of at least $80 million. Nevertheless, Despicable Me 3 still easily beat out all other competitors.
The fourth installment follows the delightful super-villian Gru, who is forced to team up with his eccentric twin brother, Dru. The film stars franchise regulars Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, and introduces South Park co-creator Trey Parker. Much like Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and, to some degree, Minions, Despicable Me 3 is being received favorably by critics. It currently holds a fresh 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and earned an A- on Cinemscore. Whether or not that success will continue in future installments remains to be seen.
Coming in at second place this weekend is Edgar Wright’s fantastic crime thriller, Baby Driver. The film is on its way to earn $30 million from 3,226 locations, which includes the $5.7 from the Thursday night previews. But what sets this one apart from the others is its incredible acclaim. Baby Driver currently holds an impressive 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it wouldn’t be any surprise if this one has some staying power in the coming weeks. Not only that, the film’s success is also good for Wright since most of his other works – i.e. Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and The World’s End — have not faired very well financially.
Coming in at third place this weekend is Michael Bay’s ill-received Transformers: The Last Knight, which should earn $17 million. Wonder Woman looks to be taking the fourth spot with $15.6 domestically in its fifth weekend. Warner Bros. should be very pleased with the film considering its already passed $700 million worldwide. Finally, claiming the fifth spot this weekend is Pixar’s Cars 3 – which should take in $9.5 million domestically.
Unsurprisingly, the slow weekend is also not without its losers. Will Ferrell’s and Amy Poehler’s R-rated comedy, The House, flopped hard by opening to a meager $9 million. The film currently holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so clearly critics have not been kind to this one.
It will be interesting to see how these June releases fair against the many upcoming July releases like Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.