Print Edition - 2017-07-04  |  Life & Style

Despicable Me grabs BO top spot

- Agence France Presse, Los Angeles

Jul 4, 2017-

Despicable Me 3, the latest instalment of the animated crime caper series, debuted at the top of the box office, estimates showed, but fell short of industry expectations in weekend ticket sales. Steve Carell stars as the voice of “despicable” bad guy-turned-protagonist Gru—and his twin brother Dru—in the Universal film. It also features Kristen Wiig as Gru’s wife Lucy and South Park co-creator Trey Parker as Balthazar Bratt, a former child star and evil villain whose fashion sense is suck in the ‘80s.

The film brought in $75.4 million in its opening weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations, falling short of predictions that it would breach at least the $80 million mark. Debuting in second place was hotly anticipated heist thriller Baby Driver, with $21 million.Ansel Elgort (The Fault in our Stars) stars as a gifted getaway driver who suffers from tinnitus—ringing in his ears—and has to play music on an iPod to concentrate when he is behind the wheel.

Falling to third after its debut weekend at the top of the box office was Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth instalment in the blockbuster series which raked in $17 million.

Published: 04-07-2017 07:51

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