Now with beaucoup Add On.
The Nikkster informs us that Universal and Chris Meladandri's Illumination Entertainment have themselves a hit:.
... Sources are telling me that early North American box office numbers show that Universal Pictures is going to enjoy something it hasn't had in a very long time: a big hit film. That's because rival studios say that weeks of great parent-kid family tracking for Despicable Me 3D today is translating into "amazing" attendance of $22 million for what could be a $55M-$60M weekend opening despite having two other 3D family films in the marketplace. ...
Universal's last animated feature Curious George ran up a total gross of $60 million after several weeks in the marketplace. DM appears to be doing almost as well in its opening weekend, and gives Hollywood its fourth cartoon hit in six months: Two from DreamWorks Animation, one from Pixar, and now one from Illumination Entertainment-Universal. ...
Add On: The Reporter weighs in with figures for Friday:
Universal's 3D animated feature "Despicable Me" -- a potential boxoffice champ this weekend -- proved pretty lovable for moviegoers in its first day of release on Friday.
The family comedy rung up a nifty $21.7 million during its first day in release. That topped the daily rankings and put "Despicable" on track for a much better than expected three-day opening of more than $50 million, with Saturday and Sunday matinees certain to bolster its weekend success. ...
Add On Too: Wowee yowee. For its opening weekend, Despicable Me collects way more than originally anticipated:
1) Despicable Me -- $60.1 million
2) Twilight: Eclipse -- $33.4 million
3) Predators -- $25.3 million
4) Toy Story 3 -- $22 million (-27.3%; second best hold in Top Ten)
5) The Last Airbender -- $17.1 million.
And while we're at it, there are two DreamWorks Animation Features still in release -- Shrek Forever After at $233.7 million, and How to Train Your Dragon at $216.9 million.