Bow to your new cartoon overlords: Gru and his minions have become the top-grossing animation franchise of all-time.
With this weekend’s global box office of $26.5 million, Despicable Me 3 reached $879.5 million. Combined that amount with the grosses of the three prior films in the series – DM 1 & 2 along with Minions – and the Illumination franchise has grossed a record $3.55 billion globally. The previous record-holder, Shrek, had accumulated $3.51 billion over 5 films (including the Puss in Boots spinoff).
Here are the top 10 global cartoon franchises of all-time, all from American companies, of course.