Despicable Me 3 Wins The Box Office, But Falls Below Expectations — And Baby Driver Is A Surprise Hit!

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The minions have it!

Despicable Me 3 landed at the very top of the box office this weekend, drawing in the most money of any film across North America, and yet it fell far short of expectations, suggesting some sluggishness with now the third installment of the franchise.

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Gru and his minions put up a respectable showing by most standards, of course: Despicable Me 3 took in $75.4 million from 4,529 theaters across North America this weekend. And yet that’s a disappointment relative to the hope that it might do as much as $90 million in its opening weekend.

Overseas, the flick did very well: $95.6 million from 52 different foreign markets this week alone. Add that and its $75.4 million from North America to its early roll out in some places elsewhere in the world the past few weeks, and that gives Despicable Me 3 a total of $192.3 million globally.

Nothing to sneeze at, but still below expectations — especially for the American crowd that’s now seen three of these flicks.

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There was good news at the box office too, though: Baby Driver is a surprise hit!

The film rode a five-day debut this week to a $30 million mark from 3,226 theaters. The critically acclaimed heist thriller starring Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, and others had a total budget of $34 million, and is well on its way to making that money back after this better-than-expected first week.

Perhaps it was the perfect option compared to superhero flicks and sequel installments all summer long, but whatever the case, Baby Driver drew young AND old viewers: 40% of ticket buyers were under the age of 25, with other 60% over, according to THR, suggesting a solid demographic mix that could turn into lasting popularity.

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Oh, and then there’s the dud.

This year’s disappointment is The House, starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.

The R-rated movie debuted to $9 million — that’s sixth place this weekend — from 3,134 theaters. Sadly, it’s one of the worst openings of Will Ferrell’s entire career. Yikes!!!

What about you, Perezcious readers?!

Did you watch anything new in theaters this weekend??

Let us know in the comments (below)!!!

Jul 2, 2017 3:13pm PDT

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