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Box Office Report

‘Despicable Me 3’ Will Become 6th Animated Feature To Reach $1 Billion Global Box Office

It didn’t look possible last month, but Despicable Me 3, directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, is headed toward the $1 billion mark, and sometime next week will officially become just the 6th fully-animated film to achieve the distinction.

Despicable Me 3′s worldwide box office total now stands at $994 million. The film’s strong performance in countries that were on the backend of the release schedule, like Japan and Italy, is driving the film past the $1 billion milestone.

In Japan, the film remains in the top five after seven weeks of release, and has grossed over $60M to date, this year’s second-highest grossing film in that country after Disney’s hybrid remake of Beauty and the Beast.

In Italy, one of its last international launches, DM3 opened last weekend with a powerful $6.4M, and held first place again this weekend. Its total of $13.5M already makes DM3 the fifth-highest grossing film of the year in Italy — and will go much higher up the charts.

While DM3 didn’t quite achieve the heights of Illumination’s earlier films in the U.S. marketplace, it has nevertheless showed staying power domestically. This weekend in America, it jumped from 13th place back into 9th place with an estimated $2.4M, lifting its overall domestic total to $257.9M.

DM3 is a bright spot for Hollywood in what has otherwise been a tepid moviegoing season. It will become the only film released during the summer movie season that reaches $1B.

Previously, only one non-Disney/Pixar release has ever reached the $1B milestone, and that too is an Illumination film, Minions. Here are the worldwide box office for the top 10 all-time highest-grossing animated films (as of Sunday, September 3):

  1. Frozen (Disney, 2013): $1.28 billion
  2. Minions (Illumination, 2015): $1.15 billion
  3. Toy Story 3 (Pixar, 2010): $1.06 billion
  4. Finding Dory (Pixar, 2016): $1.02 billion
  5. Zootopia (Disney, 2016): $1.02 billion
  6. Despicable Me 3 (Illumination, 2017): $994 million
  7. Despicable Me 2 (Illumination, 2013): $970.8 million
  8. The Lion King (Disney, 1994): $968.5 million
  9. Finding Nemo (Pixar, 2003): $940.3 million
  10. Shrek 2 (DreamWorks, 2004): $919.8 million
  • Chicken McPhee

    I feel a great disturbance in the force. It’s as if millions of voices cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

  • Seth

    And unadjusted for inflation?

  • Alex Dudley

    It’s amazing how this studio is succeeding in ways that Dreamworks couldn’t in a fraction of the time.

    • Illumination movies are really fun and animation is really good. Creating minions did give them an advantage.

  • Some Guy

    the only shock here is that Minions beat out Toy Story 3, lol…

    I guess annoying yellow tampon creatures really are more popular than heartfelt toy stories, huh?

    • HN

      Some Guy Toy Story 3 came out in 2010. Minions came out in 2015. You have to consider the difference in ticket prices between that time. Although I’d have to say that Minions is much more popular internationally than Toy Story. Domestically, it’s the other way around. We’ll see if Toy Story 4 (showing in 2019) can beat Minions or Minions 2 (showing in 2020).

  • Elsi Pote

    In favor of DM3, you have to admit the moment with the unicorn stroke the right chords.

    • Renard N. Bansale

      That was nothing but a filler subplot.