When Despicable Me premiered in 2010, the story of a reformed villain and his small army of “minions” grossed over $500 millioncreating a film franchise that would continue to grow for over a decade.
Twelve years later, the Despicable Me franchise has more than earned $3.7 billion worldwidemaking it the most profitable animation franchise in the world, according to Deadline† The franchise includes three Despicable Me movies (with a fourth slated for 2024) and (now) two movies in the franchise’s prequel series, minions†
The newest in the franchise, Minions: The Rise of Gru, follows a young Gru in the 1970s as he and his minions face new challenges when they join forces with a group of super villains called the Vicious 6, and find friendship in unlikely places.
When is ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ coming out?
Minions: The Rise of Gru will be in cinemas from July 1, 2022 and can be seen in 4,400 theaters† The movie is predicted to bring in an estimated $70 million-$80 million at domestic box offices over 4 days, and another $70 million overseas for a potential $150 million global launch.
How much is the Despicable Me franchise worth?
Since its opening, the Despicable Me movies, along with their partner prequel series, minionshave grossed $3.7 billion worldwide. When Terrible Me 3 took in more than $21.2 million during its opening weekend, it officially became the highest-grossing animated film franchise in the world in 2017, the dethronement of the Shrek franchise of the title.
Who’s starring in the latest Minions movie?
In the film, Steve Carell plays Gru, who told People that even his grown children love the franchise.
“I told them, ‘Well, the premiere is this week, do you want to go?’ And they were totally into it, like they didn’t even hesitate,” he told his children’s magazine, ages 18 and 21. “I think it’s nostalgic right now. They love the characters and they love the franchise . It’s a big part of our family.”
Steve Carell continues his reign as Felonius Gru, an old criminal turned good and his band of followers. The film stars Russell Brand, Michelle Yeoh, Julie Andrews and Taraji P. Henson.
Who Owns the Despicable Me Franchise?
The Despicable Me movies are produced by the animation company Illumination and distributed by its parent company, Universal Pictures. The company has also produced the popular movies The secret life of pets, To sing, as well as dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and The Grinch†