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'Despicable Me 3' takes the weekend, 'Baby Driver' steals the spotlight

Despicable Me 3 (Illumination Entertainment)

Weekend Box Office June 30 - July 2, 2017

(KUTV) The Despicable Me franchise has been a reliable source of income for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment with each release outperforming the last. That trend has come to an end, at least when it comes to domestic opening weekends, as “Despicable Me 3” is expected to earn $75 million this weekend. That falls short of $83 million 2013’s “Despicable Me 2” opened to and is well behind 2015’s “Minions” opening of $115 million.

By no means does this make “Despicable Me 3” a flop, “Despicable Me 2” went on to earn $970 million worldwide from its similar opening. The original “Despicable Me” earned $543 worldwide after opening to $56 million in 2010. If Universal was banking on the film to make more than $800 million there might be cause for concern, but considering the films have all been made for less than $100 million, there’s no reason to believe that the film won’t make a sizable profit. The current worldwide total is estimated to be $192 million.

Still, you have to wonder if audiences are simply growing tired of the franchise. Particularly when you consider that the quality of the films has diminished with each entry.

The surprise of the weekend is “Baby Driver.” Edgar Wright’s action film earned $21 million over the weekend to bring its domestic total to $30 million since it opened Wednesday.

Propelled by good word-of-mouth and hyperbolic reviews the $34-million film is primed to make back its budget on domestic earnings alone.

In third place is “Transformers: The Last Knight” with $17 million. That raises its domestic total to $102 million. Fortunately for Paramount Pictures the worldwide total of $430 million isn’t remotely as dire.

In fourth is “Wonder Woman” with $15.5 million. The DC title has now earned $346 million domestically and $708 million worldwide.

Cars 3” finishes the weekend with $9.5 million. Its domestic total sits at $120 million. Worldwide the film has earned $173 million. These aren’t the kind of numbers we’re used to from Pixar, particularly when the film in question is a sequel.

The House,” the new comedy featuring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, disappointed with a $9 million opening.

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