‘Despicable Me’ Becomes Top-Grossing Animated Film Franchise Ever Worldwide
Illumination’s Despicable Me series of films has surpassed the Shrek movies to become the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time worldwide. A $21.2M international weekend on Despicable Me 3 has pushed the franchise to a $3.528B global total for Gru and the Minions. That tops the Shrek stable of five pics (including Puss In Boots) at $3.51B global.
The DM series includes the three Steve Carell-starring films, along with 2015’s spinoff about the little yellow henchmen, all made at reasonable budgets under the Chris Meledandri-led Illumination. To wit: Minions is the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time and the most profitable movie in Universal’s history. The franchise also includes the Oscar-nominated Despicable Me 2 and now this summer’s Despicable Me 3, which is at nearly $880M worldwide (with Italy, Turkey and Greece still on deck).
Breaking down the films, 2010’s Despicable Me, helmed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, made $546M globally. In 2013, DM2 — which opened No. 1 in 67 international markets and held No. 1 domestically for two weeks — upped the worldwide haul to $976M. It was the 2nd biggest animated film of the year. Coffin and Renaud also directed that one. Minions, a sort of prequel that focused on the triumvirate of Stuart, Kevin and Bob, released in June 2015 and went on to become the highest-grossing animated title of the year after opening at No. 1 in 58 markets. Helmed by Coffin and Kyle Balda, and starring Sandra Bullock, it was No. 1 at the worldwide box office for three consecutive weeks and became the top-grossing animated title of the year globally.
Next up, the current Despicable Me 3 with Balda and Coffin at the helm, is the top animated film of the year domestically, internationally and globally. This week, it outdid DM2’s $607.7M to become the No. 7 biggest animated move of all time at the international box office. Its offshore gross to date is $638.7M for a worldwide heist of $879.5M and counting. Here’s a fun fact: DM-the-first did not have a China release, but the sequel pushed the boat out in the Middle Kingdom several months after initial rollout elsewhere and scored about $53M locally to set up the franchise.
Minions marched into the Middle Kingdom in 2013 with the then-biggest opening day for an animated film ever in China. DM3 currently has grossed $149.2M in the PROC to become the No. 2 animated movie ever, behind only Zootopia which had a staggering run last year. How much higher does the current film go? Possibly not to $1B, but it will cross into the $900s, and there’s still Minions 2 in the wings.
Despicable Me OST (2010)
- Pharrell Williams - Despicable Me
- Pharrell Williams - Despicable Me (Orchestra Version)
- Pharrell Williams - Fun, Fun, Fun
- Pharrell Williams - Fun, Fun, Fun (Orchestra Version)
- Pharrell Williams - Prettiest Girls
- Pharrell Williams - Prettiest Girls (Orchestra Version)
- Pharrell Williams - Rocket's Theme
- Robin Thicke - My Life (Pharrell Williams)
- Agnes - The Unicorn Song (Pharrell Williams)
- Destinee & Paris - I'm On A Roll (Pharrell Williams)
- The Minions - Minion Mambo feat. Pharrell & Lupe Fiasco (Pharrell Williams)
- David Bisbal - Soñar (My Life) (Pharrell Williams)
Despicable Me 2 OST (2013)
- Pharrell Williams - Happy
- Pharrell Williams - Just A Cloud Away
- Cee-Lo Green - Scream feat. Pharrell
Despicable Me 3 OST (2017)
- Pharrell Williams - Chuck Berry
- Pharrell Williams - Doowit
- Pharrell Williams - Freedom
- Pharrell Williams - There's Something Special
- Pharrell Williams - Yellow Light
- Pharrell Williams & Trey Parker - Hug Me
Some of his most left of center records ever in here...like "Minion Mambo" duuudeee he brought that 06 Young Dro radio beat and rapped while pitching his voice to sound like a minion, like if that ain't god shit
@Hunter Thats Lupe rapping on Minion Mambo. but P doin the Gru impersonation on the bridge is fire.
scream, just a cloud away, my life!!!, fun, fun, fun all underrated in my opinion
This man Pharrell is so paid. lol
I'm sure they're not ending this franchise any time soon. Minions 2 2020
i LOVE prettiest girls.
And Rocket's Theme