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Despicable Me becomes highest-grossing animated franchise of all time

With its fourth entry – Despicable Me 3 – edging towards $950 million at the box office, making it the biggest film of the summer, Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me franchise has now topped Shrek to become the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time.

The series, which launched in 2010, has grossed a combined $3.622 billion around the globe, with its last three instalments all surpassing $900 million. Leading the way is the spinoff Minions, which earned $1.159 billion back in 2015. For comparison, the five Shrek movies earned $3.511 billion between 2001 and 2011.

Both series do have further instalments planned, with Minions 2 slated for release in 2020 and Shrek 5 planned for either 2019 or 2020. Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves was also originally due to hit cinemas in 2018, but has been removed from DreamWorks’ release schedule and is yet to receive a new date.

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions,
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Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Reemerges as Despicably Dull

Chicago – This is it. The point where Gru and his Minions went from mildly irritating to excruciating. The series will undoubtedly entertain the children it’s intended for, my twins probably would have liked it if they had been able to come. But pity the poor parents who have to sit through another film full of Minion fart noises… which seems to last for roughly three whole days.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

The movie starts off with Gru (voice of Steve Carrell) and his now wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) being drummed out of the anti-villains league after letting a super villain named Evil Bratt (Trey Parker) slip through their fingers. Bratt was the child star of an 1980s sitcom who let his mischievous TV alter-ego go to his head after he hit puberty.

Now I happen to love the 80’s, but every joke here is of the worn out seen it a thousand
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Despicable Me 3 Review

As the Despicable Me franchise continues to evolve, 2010’s dastardly Gru is but a distant memory. The former recluse is now a tamed father figure. His ambitions now steer towards righteousness. All the gadgets and gizmos still tinker with zaniness – and yes, your minions are safe – but Despicable Me 3 if a family reunion better avoided. Writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio establish these tangential arcs meant to develop each singular character, which means less time for “hero” versus villain looniness. Unicorn obsessions are sweet and motherly duties fight for acceptance, yet 90 minutes just isn’t enough time to dignify each aside. Which is a shame, because Trey Parker’s Balthazar Bratt is one of the greatest supervillains ever introduced, only to be pushed aside for weaker material.

Steve Carell is back once again as the voice of Gru, now a field agent for the Anti-Villain League. Gru rids the
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Despicable Me 3 Review

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Author: Emily Breen

Hold onto your priceless treasures, life is about to get a whole lot more dastardly. Gru and his despicable crew are back and this time they’re…working for the good guys???

Yes. We can assure you it’s true, the events of DM2 were no aberration, Gru has officially left his life of villainy to accept a regular paycheque from the Anti-Villain League. Life as an Avl agent plays well to Gru’s very particular skillset and has one irresistible perk: he fights crime daily beside the woman he loves. Gru (Steve Carell) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) are as head over heels as ever, thriving on the adrenalin rush of the chase before returning home to the girls and a life of domestic bliss. Everyone in the family is delighted with the curious turn life has taken. Well, everyone bar a few thousand heist-hungry yellow Minions.
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Win A Family Four Pack Of Passes To The Advance Screening Of Despicable Me 3 In St. Louis

Illumination and Universal PicturesDespicable Me 3 opens in theaters nationwide on June 30, 2017.

Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Steve Carell (The Big Short, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) not only reprises his role as Gru, but also takes on a second part—that of Dru,
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Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’

Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’
On the surface, the “Despicable Me” cartoons appear to be sendups of the James Bond franchise, but beneath that slick, spoofy exterior, they’re really marshmallow-centered affirmations of good old-fashioned family values. In the original, reformed super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) agrees to reprioritize his life around his three newly adopted daughters. Then, in the sequel, Gru met soul mate Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) and got hitched. And now, in what might have been titled “Predictable Me 3,” Gru discovers his long-lost twin brother, Dru, giving the superficially surly character even more reasons for group hugs.

The fact that Gru has lost his job with the Anti-Villain League and that Dru desperately wants to get into the villainy racket is mostly just incidental in a series that’s starting to feel less like 007 and more like “The Brady Bunch” with every outing. And lest you assume that “Despicable Me 3” somehow marks
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Watch two new featurettes for Despicable Me 3

With Despicable Me 3 set to arrive in cinemas in just three weeks, Universal Pictures and Illumination have released two featurettes for the upcoming animated comedy sequel, the first of which sees voice actors Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig discussing the relationship between brothers Gru and Dru, the second with Carell reflecting on his character Gru; check them out below…

See Also: New trailer and Minions character posters for Despicable Me 3

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell
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Check out a brief new featurette for Despicable Me 3

Universal Pictures have released a very brief, though brand new featurette for their upcoming animated release Despicable Me 3.

The film is once again brought to the screen by Illuminaton, the folks behind the likes of the first two Despicable Me movies, the spin-off Minions, and of course the more recent Sing.

The new film continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in UK cinemas on 30th June 2017.

The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the
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New trailer and Minions character posters for Despicable Me 3

With a little over a month to go until Despicable Me 3 arrives in cinemas, the final trailer has been released for the upcoming animated threequel, along with six Minion character posters; check them out here…

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt,
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Celebrate National Brother’s Day With New Despicable Me 3 Trailer

Observed every year on May 24, Brother’s Day honors the brothers in our lives. Of course, they’ve been known to put toads on your head or gum in your hair. They may have been too cool for you once, too. Whether we have one or many, our brothers hold a special place in our hearts.

What better way to celebrate the day than with a new trailer for Despicable Me 3.

The Minions, Gru, along with his long-lost twin brother, Dru, are back in this delightfully funny new preview for the upcoming film.

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio,
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Despicable Me 3 Final Trailer Locks the Minions in Prison

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Despicable Me 3 Final Trailer Locks the Minions in Prison
Gru remembers that it's good to be bad again in the third trailer for Universal and Illumination's highly-anticipated sequel Despicable Me 3. This trailer comes just days after we got our first look at the brand new Minion named Mutiny Mel, who leads a revolt among the Minions, which we can see in this new trailer has landed them all in jail. One particularly interesting scene in the trailer shows all of these minions making a run for it and trying to escape from (or break into) what looks like the Universal Studios lot, since we can see a poster for Sing in the background and the security guards' hats have logos that look quite similar to the Universal Studios log.

Regardless of what the Minions are doing at this studio, their mutiny leads to them being locked in the state prison, where they've seemed to take over the joint,
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The Minions take to the stage in Despicable Me 3 clip

Ahead of its release next month, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have debuted a new clip from the upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 3 which sees the Minions taking to the stage to perform on a talent show; check it out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Despicable Me 3 here

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy
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Watch a new clip from ‘Despicable Me 3’ featuring the Minions

Universal Pictures have released a new clip from their upcoming release Despicable Me 3, the third film in the series which lands in cinemas next month.

The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt,
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New footage in latest TV spots for Despicable Me 3

Two new TV spots have arrived online for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 3 featuring some previously unseen footage; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Despicable Me 3 here

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.
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New trailer & poster for ‘Despicable Me 3′

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters —Margo, Edith and Agnes— and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.

Despicable Me 3
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Steve Carell Is Dru And Gru In New Trailer For Despicable Me 3

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Check out the brand new trailer now.

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.

Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru
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Gru meets Dru in new poster and trailer for Despicable Me 3

Universal Pictures has debuted a new poster and trailer for the upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 3. Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, and Eric Guillon, the film sees the return of Steve Carell as Gru (and his twin brother Dru) and Kristen Wiig as Lucy alongside newcomer Trey Parker who voices Gru’s most formidable villain yet Balthazar Bratt; check them out here…

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy,
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Despicable Me 3 Trailer #2 Reveals Gru's Big Family Secret

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Despicable Me 3 Trailer #2 Reveals Gru's Big Family Secret
This summer, villainy runs in the family. Steve Carell is Gru and Dru. Watch the new trailer for Despicable Me 3, in theaters June 30. It arrives along with the all-new poster & photos which you can check out below.

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes, and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination's Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt,
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Despicable Me 3 Trailer: Gru’s Twin Brother Is A Bad Influence

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Illumination Entertainment seems to be knocking it out of the park as of late. While their films are by no means as beloved as your average Disney/Pixar/DreamsWorks fare, it certainly seems to be scratching a very specific itch for audiences in terms of its comedy style. Last year, we saw the studio release two films: The Secret Life of Pets and Sing, both of which did very well at the box office, more than making up for their budgets.

The year before that, they released Minions, the spinoff of the Despicable Me franchise. While the movie made huge money — over $1.1 billion worldwide — it was a creative step down for the franchise, and proof that not every side character needs their own movie, no matter how entertaining they are.

This year, Illumination will be heading back to Gru (Steve Carell) and the girls with Despicable Me 3. This flick
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New Trailer For Despicable Me 3 Spells Double Trouble

Since its humble debut seven years ago, Universal’s Despicable Me franchise has gone from strength to strength, pulling in extraordinary numbers at the box office and even seeding the creation of a Minions-centric spinoff series – expect those lovable little critters to return via Minions 2 in 2020.

Closer to home though, Universal and Illumination Entertainment is on the verge of launching Despicable Me 3 into theaters this summer, and a new trailer released today spells double trouble for Steve Carell and his merry band of misfits. Opening at a time when Gru (Carell) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) have carved out a life of their own, replete with a white picket fence and three adorable daughters – namely Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Nev Scharrel) – Despicable Me 3 throws a spanner in the works by introducing Dru, the long-lost brother who is essentially the sprightly ying to Gru’s yang.
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